Obama, Libby and Genarlow Wilson

July 14, 2007

When Barack Obama decided to run for President, I had hoped that he would make an issue out of criminal justice. Specifically, I had hoped that he would talk about the fact that this nation incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any country in the world. If that itself is not bad enough, the incarceration rates in Black America are even higher, and remain high despite 10 years of declining crime rates. Sadly, neither Obama nor the other candidates have touched the issue much, probably for the same reason Bill Clinton didn’t–fear of being branded soft on crime.

Well anyway, finally, tentatively, the Libby commutation seems to be giving Obama a chance to begin the conversation. Just an opening, but maybe there will be more. Ck out this brief clip from New Hampshire:

Thanks: Andrew Sullivan


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