Rummy quits

Did he jump, or was he pushed?

And how many seats would the Republicans have saved if he’d quit last week?

UpdateHe was pushed. Bush described the departure as a mutual agreement rather than as a resignation reluctantly accepted. (Loyalty, you know. Bush is always loyal to himself.) Bob Gates replaces Rumsfeld. Gates is a member of the Baker-Hamilton group, which suggests Bush isn’t inclined to simply dig in his heels.

Bush also more or less admitted lying to reporters about Rummy’s status when he said last week that he was staying on; Baker was already chosen, he said, before the election.

A reporter nailed Bush on his call for an end to partisanship after saying last week that the Democrats’ platform was “Terrorists win. America loses.” His response, roughly: that was then, this is now.

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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