Republican talking points on Schiavo

Rumored to have come from Santorum’s office.

In reply to my earlier query, a reader points me to a site called DC’s Inside Scoop, which has published what it says is the complete text of the talking points circulated to Republican Senators citing the political gains to be made from pushing the Schiavo bill. Inside Scoop reports that rumors attribute the talking points to Santorum’s office. (If true, and if provable, that ought to give Pennsylvania Democrats reason to smile.)

The item is labeled “exclusive,” so I won’t quote the full text here. Other than the two explosive points already reported (one about mobilizing the base and one about squeezing Bill Nelson) there’s nothing exciting.

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