Will the neo-cons and money-cons swallow Huckabee?

Bill Kristol and the WSJ editorial board seem willing to try. No doubt, to defend their tax cuts they’d bite the head off a live chicken.

It’s never easy judging just how low the Republican politician-lobbyist-and-pundit class will go to keep a Democrat out of the White House. I was starting to get the feeling that Mike Huckabee might be a bridge too far for many of them. But both this WSJ editorial and Bill Kristol’s inaugural screed in the NYT treat Huckabee as a serious and potentially acceptable candidate rather than as the Mayberry Mullah.

Conclusion: Olaf couldn’t have made a career in today’s GOP.

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