Some good news on the Thimerosal Bill?

Glenn Reynolds notes that the thimerosal provision and some of the other garbage that got Christmas-treed onto the Homeland Security bill will apparently be undone. He’s prepared to give credit to what he calls “the lefty part of the blogosphere,” which is surely generous but might or might not be accurate; the families seem to be fairly well organized, which surely matters more than anything bloggic. Maybe the teensy bit of publicity some of us were able to give the Frist/Lilly book deal helped increase the prospective political cost of leaving the provision in place. [Atrios had the story first among bloggers.]

Glenn quotes a reader as congratulating Senator Frist for making a move with which Frist actually disagrees substantively. Is it really so surprising when a Republican leader lives up to a negotiated agreement?

In fact, I am surprised (or will be if it actually happens). I was on record predicting a flim-flam. But it’s hard to see simply delivering on a promise as something to boast about.

[For those just coming into this serial, a review of the bidding, with links, is here.]

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