Low blow

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Rhode Island compares Rudy Giuliani to Pontius Pilate. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, of course. But … ick!

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence on Rudy Giuliani’s abortion position:

I can just hear Pilate saying, “You know, I’m personally opposed to crucifixion but I don’t want to impose my belief on others.”

I had assumed it was only Democratic politicians who had to put up with this sort of poisonous, intellectually dishonest crap. But if it spreads to other bishops, and in particular if they start saying that Giuliani can’t take Communion, it’s going to hurt him, just as it hurt Kerry last time. (If Kerry had gotten the same share among Catholics Gore got, he’d be President today.)

If the Catholic hierarchy really wants to make sure that John F. Kennedy will be not just the first Catholic President but the last as well, they’re going about it in just the right way. In the meantime, those of us who think that Giuliani is both the Republican most likely to get elected and the single most dangerous person seeking the Presidency can sit back and chortle.

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