The conventional popular narrative coming from the elite media and the academy about the death penalty has hardly been kind. That narrative often portrays capital punishment as a relic of outdated thinking, increasingly being abandoned by American states, decreasingly popular among Americans, cruel, arbitrary, and – the latest claim du jour – possibly per se unconstitutional. Of course, I reject all of these claims. Still, I will acknowledge that supporters of a sensible, limited, and effective death penalty regime could use all of the help they can get from people in public life. So I read with interest, and dismay, this Politico story on Governor Paul LePage of Maine, which does not have a death penalty. My note to Governor LePage: you’re not helping.