The (low) quality of Tim Pawlenty’s mercy

Minnesota has 9500 prison inmates. And Tim Pawlenty is proud to say that, in all his time as Governor, he hasn’t found a single one of them who was either the victim of a miscarriage of justice or a fitting recipient of mercy.  He must not have been looking very hard.

That alone should tell you what you need to know about Pawlenty’s (un) fitness for the Presidency.  He’s proud to call himself a Christian, but lacks the stones to act on Christian principles when it might cost him some votes.  Feh.

Footnote Pawlenty is also so cared of the religious right that he has backpedaled on his prior support for a law protecting gays from job discrimination.   Do you really want a guy going toe-to-toe with Ahmadi-nejad who can’t even stand up to Jerry Falwell?

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

4 thoughts on “The (low) quality of Tim Pawlenty’s mercy”

  1. Ummm, Jerry's dead and roasting now. Probably should talk about Pawlenty kissing up to Dobson and Rick Warren instead.

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