Responsibility lite

Shorter Denny Hastert: I accept complete responsibility, but no blame. I’m deeply sorry, but I didn’t do anything wrong. The buck stops here, but it isn’t my fault.

Mike O’Hare got this one right:

Without acknowledging any short-comings by himself or his aides, Mr. Hastert said he took responsibility for the matter.

Note that Mike even correctly predicted the cliche:

While he stopped short of issuing a direct apology Thursday, saying that he was not aware of the extent of Mr. Foley’s inappropriate behavior toward pages, Mr. Hastert did declare, “The buck stops here.”

And of course that makes it all better:

Hours later, President Bush called Mr. Hastert to offer his support, thanking him for “taking responsibility and for saying that the House leadership is accountable.”

Nick Burbules of PBD sums it up:

Shorter Denny Hastert: I accept complete responsibility, but no blame. I’m deeply sorry, but I didn’t do anything wrong. The buck stops here, but it isn’t my fault.

The good news is that this time it isn’t going to work. The more the GOP and its journalistic collaborators try to defend Hastert, the worse they wind up looking.

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

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  1. Heckofajob, Denny! As a matteer of fact I'm going to have my Congress pass a resolution comnmending you for your splendid performance.

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