Probably not what supporters of a death penalty in Maine had in mind

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  That narrative often portrays capital punishment as a relic of outdated thinking, increasingly being abandoned by American states,  decreasingly popular among Americans, cruel, arbitrary, and – the latest claim du jour – possibly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.



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