The Maher-Cheney flap

Maher owes Cheney an apology. I hate to say it, because I hate to admit that there’s anything too mean to say about that sumbitch, but Maher crossed the line.

Sometimes party (or factional) loyalty demands too much. I wish Bill Maher hadn’t said something unspeakably ugly about the assassination attempt on Dick Cheney. But he did. And I don’t think there’s any good reason to pretend otherwise.

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: