John McCain and Indian gaming

In it, hip-deep.

I guess Cindy McCain must have insisted that her husband have ties to an industry even more corrupt than beer distribution, where her felon father made his pile. So John found what may be the only dirtier business than beer distribution, and crawled into bed with the Indian gaming outfits.

Yes, and some of the slime around McCain figured out a way to make money on his carefully-restricted (to avoid embarrassment to Republican Congressmen and Senators) investigation into the Abramoff scandal: which he only started after a Republican lobbyist asked him to.

Oh yes, Joe Lieberman makes a cameo appearance, getting McCain to force the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reverse its certification as a tribe of a Connecticut group that would otherwise have competed with his friends the Pequots: whose one highly dubious certification McCain pushed for.

Asked for comment the McCain campaign replied with insults directed at the New York Times and refused any substantive information.

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: