You have to laugh; otherwise you’d scream

Palin refuses to say that she will vote against Ted Stevens, her political mentor and now a convicted felon.

Sarah Palin refuses to say whether she plans to vote to re-elect a convicted felon to the Senate, because she believes in the secret ballot. No, seriously:

But she does say that if Stevens is re-elected he would resign, allowing a special election. That seems to be a signal to her supporters to vote for the felon instead of the Democrat in the race.

Oh, yes: Palin makes a liar out of Tucker Bounds.

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: