The Supreme Court as a November issue

McCain attacks Obama for voting against confirming Chief Justice Roberts, whose decision in the Indiana “voter ID” case disenfranchised 12 elderly nuns today. Bring it on!

The other day John McCain, pandering to the wingnuts, went after Barack Obama for voting against confirming John Roberts as Chief Justice. That would we the same Justice Roberts who decided to disenfranchise a bunch of elderly nuns in Indiana for the crime of not having driver’s licenses or passports in order to

“prevent” a form of voter fraud of which there is no evidence in the first place.

If I were Obama, I would be comfortable having that argument.

And if I were John Conyers, I’d want to have some hearings with videotape of those nuns.

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: