The prisoner’s dilemma comes to the Rethuglicans

Will Abramoff nark out DeLay?

It appears that Jack Abramoff is plea-bargaining, with Tom DeLay as one of the counters on the table. That puts the prosecutors and their superiors in a very touchy position: they don’t need to be told that, if they go after DeLay but he survives, the DoJ budget is likely to suffer.

This is another excellent argument, it seems to me, for expelling DeLay from the House right away. And Chris Shays has just become the first Republican to call for him to step down as Majority Leader.

Meantime, Matt Yglesias points to a story from Kommersant (the Russian Wall Street Journal) that makes it clear that the sponsorship of DeLay’s “fact-finding” trip to Russia was no secret on the Russian end of things.

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