Note to Republicans

If you keep putting racists like Jeff Sessions in key slots like Ranking Member on Senate Judiciary, people are going to notice.

If you don’t want people to think of your party as a collection of racists, how about not putting racists in important positions? Jeff Sessions as Ranking Member on Senate Judiciary, for example. He once told a white civil rights lawyer that he was “a disgrace to his race” for litigating voting-rights cases.

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: