The purged U.S. Attorneys are getting restive. If I were Rove or Gonzales or McNulty, I’d be losing sleep.

So far, the Bush purge of U.S. Attorneys investigating Republican corruption hasn’t gotten as much mass-media attention as it deserves, partly because the victims (who are, after all, Republican political appointees) haven’t kicked up much of a fuss. But putting out the word that they’d been canned for “performance-related” issues seems to have gotten their dander up.

The hearings should be riveting.

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: