The hook?

The Michigan Democratic party is apparently ready to announce a re-run of the Presidential primary as a caucus. Looks to me as if the party leadership would like to say “Good night, Hillary.”

Clearly it’s in the interest of the Democratic Party to help Hillary Rodham Clinton off the stage before she does any more damage to our chances in November. Just now I was sitting with a group of fellow political junkies thinking about whether and how the party leadership might pull it off.

Well, for example, how about re-running Michigan as a caucus? Between the Detroit/Ann Arbor axis and Obama’s organizational advantage, he should be able to take that contest comfortably. And that’s what the Michigan party leaders seem to have in mind.

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