Democrats Defend The Drug War

Rand Paul is getting attacked from the right by the left:

Serwer is embarrassed by his party:

Kentucky has had one of the fastest growing prison populations in the country, having grown 45 percent since 2000, from 3,723 inmates to about 20,200 today. Corrections spending has gone up 54% in the intervening years, to a total of $553 million in 2009. It's gotten so bad that the Democratic governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear pledged to reduce recidivism in order to lower incarceration costs just a month ago. It's hard to see how going after Paul for suggesting nonviolent drug offenders shouldn't be locked up serves that goal, but I guess know that a "libertarian" is running for Senate, Democrats are back to being drug warriors.