Threat assessment

Rick Perry might become President. It’s important to prevent that eventuality.

Unlike Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann or Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry might actually become President of the United States. That’s a very, very scary fact. The risk will receded if the threat is better appreciated.

I hope that, if he runs, someone will ask him whether he still plans to take Texas out of the Union.

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:

6 thoughts on “Threat assessment”

  1. Maybe he will secede the whole country out of the union. Just abolish the constitution in one chop instead of the death by a thousand cuts that has been going on for the last decade.

  2. there could be less to him than meets the eye. even the republicans i know despise him.

  3. It’s always tempting to overestimate someone who hasn’t actually entered the race, but given the remarkably weak Republican field, Perry does look like a strong candidate. Why else would anyone think Pawlenty has a shot? And anybody (including Palin) who gets the Republican nomination has a more-than-negligible chance of becoming president.

    Am I rooting for Romney to get the Republican nod? I think I am! Who, among the Republicans, would make a less disastrous president?

  4. I agree that we should take Perry seriously The left commentary I’ve seen to date hasn’t done that, focusing only on the many ways he’s objectionable to the left. That last twit from Texas was objectionable in almost as many ways but he won (in a manner of speaking.)

  5. I keep waiting for Texas to take me up on this offer: I won’t mess with them as long as they don’t mess with me.

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