Malicious failure to commit suicide

Why didn’t the Democrats in Congress blow the whistle on Bush’s eavesdropping? Maybe they were too smart to fall into another Rovian trap.

Glenn Reynolds wonders why Democratic leaders in Congress didn’t give Karl Rove and his allies — including, of course, Glenn Reynolds — a chance to question their patriotism and charge them with abetting terrorism by making public their objections to the President’s warrantless wiretaps of domestic communications.

Beats the Hell out of me. Maybe they prefer winning elections to losing them.

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: