The factually challenged veep

Cheney pretended he had a response to charges that he dealt with the nation’s enemies as the CEO of Halliburton. He was bluffing. Will any reporter call his bluff?

Chris Suellentrop takes a look at factcheck.org, and discovers that it does not, in fact, refute any of Edwards’s charges against Cheney on his stewardship of Halliburton.

Will any of the mainstream political reporters covering the campaign pick up on this, and ask Mr. Cheney if he has any actual responses to what are, after all, quite serious charges, involving not merely financial impropriety but dealing with the nation’s enemies?

I’m not holding my breath.

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