Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Hunger)*

Boot him. Now.

Boot him. Now. It’s the right thing to do, and his replacement is likely to be a stronger candidate in 2010, even if Burris isn’t in jail by then.

* Footnote A puzzled query from a reader shows me that I have committed the sin of in-joke. “From hunger” is an expression (I think originally Yiddish) meaning “Chosen only out of desperation.” I was playing on, e.g., D-CA, which is read “Democrat from California.”

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: