What are they waiting for?

Bush is breaking the law, and his Supreme Court nominee is basically OK with that. If that isn’t an “extraordinary circumstance,” what is?

A Question for the Democrats in the Gang of Fourteen:

If the nomination to the Supreme Court of a judge who thinks the President can sometimes order his subordinates to violate criminal laws, by a President who is currently doing exactly that, doesn’t count as an “extraordinary circumstance,” what would count? A landing by Martians?

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