Rudy and the Overblown Personnel Matter

Guess who we haven’t heard a peep from on the U.S. Attorney purge? Why, that would be the only former U.S. Attorney now running for President. Why have reporters been giving him a pass on this story, which forces him to choose between his professional loyalties and buttering up the Bushoids? Is it because their lips are too firmly planed on Rudy’s posterior to allow them to ask any questions?

A wise woman, that Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

To sin by silence, when we should protest,

Makes cowards out of men.

Read the whole thing.

Update “Cowards of men,” indeed. Rudy doesn’t even have the stones to “no comment” in public; he’s “no commenting” through a spokesgeek.

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: