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How much of the purported conservative outrage over the potential Gonzales nomination is being deliberately ginned up by Karl Rove and his colleagues in order to make Gonzales, when nominated, look like a moderate? After all, Bush isn’t up for re-election, so having some of the rank-and-file nutsos mad at him doesn’t actually do him any harm, and no Republican Senator is actually going to vote against Gonzales if he’s nominated. So, as far as I can see, the flap is pure gain for Bush.

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