John Randolph of Roanoke on the Miers nomination

Classical precedent for Bushite cronyism.

Never were abilities so much below mediocrity so well rewarded; no, not when Caligula’s horse was made Consul.

Footnote It turns out that Randolph, whether or not he was unfair to John Quincy Adams and his appointee Richard Rush, was certainly unfair to Caligula. Even Suetonius, who acted toward the Caesars as Drudge does toward the Clintons, reports only that it was rumored that Caligula intended to give Incitatus the consulate.

But Caligula’s powers of self-restraint were obviously greater than those of our Bushula.

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: