Reno Does the Right Thing

I never thought I’d write those words, but the facts are the facts: Reno’s people say she’ll accept the result of Tuesday’s count, which will almost certainly show McBride the nominee by about 5000 votes, without going to court. I don’t think there’s much doubt that she wuz robbed — though robbed only of the chance to get creamed in November — and she’d certainly have a decent case in asking for a revote. It’s just too delicious that Jeb Bush’s neglect of his duties as governor has given him the opponent he most feared. Of course, the week’s delay, plus the necessity to tiptoe around Reno, has cost McBride precious momentum, but if Reno comes around solidly and asks her voters to take revenge by giving Bush the push, we could just have a new Governor of Florida next January.

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