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Will conservatives learn the right lesson from the Miers flap?

I love it when it’s conservatives forming a circular firing squad. And I love it even more when people who stood happily by as the Bushites threatened and slandered anyone who dared differ with them get to find out how it feels to be on the receiving end. John Fund reports:

Many longtime supporters of President Bush have been startled to get phone calls from allies of the president strongly implying that a failure to support Ms. Miers will be unhealthy to their political future. “The message in Texas is, if you aren’t for this nominee, you are against the president,” one conservative leader in that state told me. The pressure has led to more resentment than results.

I’m hoping, though not expecting, that the next time the Bush folks decide to call a war hero a coward or accuse Catholic Senators of anti-Catholic bigotry, some of the folks who are being called sexist and elitist for opposing Miers will remember, and protest.

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