As in, “DeLay is toast.” Some of his expenses were charged to Abramoff’s credit card. That’s a no-no.

Would you like butter or jam on your DeLay, sir?

Sure,taking airfare, hotel, and thousands of dollars in greens fees from a registered lobbyist is utterly trivial compared to the many serious ways Tom DeLay has disgraced his office and damaged this country. But it’s also a bright-line violation of House rules.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of the privileges of the House.”

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: