I wanna go back to Dixie…

I wonder if any of the folks who were so joyous about Trent Lott’s departure as Senate Majority Leader, and bragged about how it showed the Republicans have begun to furl their Confederate flags, will have anything to say about his suddenly becoming the chair of the Senate Rules Committee, with lots of perks to hand out? He wasn’t entitled to the job by seniority, but Rick Santorum decided to give way.

And speaking of Confederate flags, the Vice-Chair of the California Republican Party also seems a little unclear on the “Party of Lincoln” concept. The ever-morally-clear White House says “Not our department.”

Thanks to Sisyphus Shrugged for the links.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com