Republicans fold

Debate opens on financial services reform.

Senate Republicans finally condescended to allow debate to begin on financial reform, but not until three unsuccessful cloture votes and the threat of an all-night session. Mitch McConnell says he hopes that “the partisan gamesmanship is over.”

Me, too.

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

2 thoughts on “Republicans fold”

  1. I hate to say it but I think the Rethuglicans didn't fold, they got the Dems to do so — getting Dems to pull out the $50B fund (to be paid for by taxes on the vampire-squid types) and by preempting state consumer protection laws. I'm left shaking my head — is there ANY issue ANYWHERE that is too popular for Democrats not to water down and turn into a weak brew laced with poison pills?

  2. You quote a public quote by McConnell. The statement is a cover for his actual thought – "Whew, that was close! I thought for a minute I'd have to skip out on this weekend's Kentucky Derby!"

    I'm entitled to my own opinion, but not my own facts, so you decide, does McConnell's appearance warrant the term turtlehead on a factual basis, or is it just my opinion? -Kevo

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