Is Lieberman superfluous?

Apparently the Senate Organizing Resolution passed last month is good to the end of the Congress. So even if Joe Lieberman switched parties, the Democrats would still control the Senate.

When Joe Lieberman threatens to switch parties, in violation of his repeatedly given word, we need to take the threat seriously, because, if he switched, the Republicans would be back in the majority (50-50, with Cheney to break the tie), Mitch McConnell would be Majority Leader, Trent Lott would be Majority Whip, and the GOP would control the committees and set the agenda for the floor.



Or so says Scott Keyes, and Hilzoy gives chapter and verse.

Great news, if true, and it looks to be true. But I’m puzzled why no “real” journalist has bothered to report it.

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: