“My foot on John Kerry’s throat”

Did he say it, or didn’t he?

I’m going to be real positive, while I keep my foot on John Kerry’s throat.

It’s not surprising that the White House thought that line was so damaging it was worth leaking to Matt Drudge to try to defuse its impact. It doesn’t seem to me like the most damaging part of the story, but it does rip the veil of niceness from Bush’s ugly, sneering face in a way that ordinary voters could connect to at a gut level.

So, you professional journalists out there, how’s about it? Did George W. Bush say that? Get the White House spokesman on record. And then get to those GOP Regents. Not all of them will lie.

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

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