The Knives start to come out

Don Nickles has suggested a new vote for Majority Leader. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell seems to be taking the censure threat seriously, making a counter-threat against Robert Byrd. Atrios, fresh from his heroic role in the Lott affair, hints that there’s similar material on Nickles. Can’t wait.


Ahhhh…. turns out to be gay-baiting around the Hormel affair. I wonder whether the discrediting of bigotry that the Lott flap represents will generalize beyond race?

Philippe DeCroy wants to know why libertarians are presumed to lean Republican, when so few Republicans (elected Republicans, anyway) lean libertarian. Me, too.

Meanwhile, Tom Edsall, who had the story first, supplies some evidence that Lott’s deeds aren’t far behind his words.

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: