No pardons NOW!

Mickey Kaus joins the chorus.

Mickey Kaus joins the “no pardons” campaign, and explains why a no-pardons pledge needs to be made now:

If Bush really isn’t going to pardon Libby, that’s information Libby should have now! It’s not enough for Libby not to be pardoned, in other words. He needs to know he’s not going to be pardoned, before he enters into difficult implicit negotiations that may involve deciding whether to implicate others.

Mickey is right that Congressional Democrats need to figure out how to dramatize the issue. He suggests holding up criminal justice outlays. How about a nice Supreme Court nomination instead?

If Bush can’t be badgered into making an ironclad pledge, then Democrats should try to maneuver the Republicans into having to vote on a sense-of-the-Congress resolution on the topic.

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