Partisan differences

Democrats are unanimously anti-waterboarding; Republicans are unanimously pro-waterboarding.

Here’s the roll call on the intelligence authorization bill, incorporating the anti-torture provision:

227 Democrats aye, zero nay.

Zero Republicans aye, 191 nay.

Torture may not be a winning issue for the Democrats, but don’t tell me it’s not a clear issue between the parties. “A plague on both your houses” sounds sophisticated, but in this case it’s just stupid.

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: