Is there any power the Bushites won’t abuse?

Purging Kerry contributors from the delegation to a technical conference on telecommunications standards? Give me a break!

The more I think about this, the madder I get.

No, in the greater scheme of things, it doesn’t matter that much who represents the U.S. at the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission. But this kind of behavior conveys a potent threat: that anyone who gives money to a Democratic candidate is in danger of having his or her career randomly damaged anytime some White House thug feels like it.

Note the last paragraph of the story, in which the mask comes off:

“We wanted people who would represent the Administration positively, and–call us nutty–it seemed like those who wanted to kick this Administration out of town last November would have some difficulty doing that,” says White House spokesman Trent Duffy.


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: