And Ampersand, in response:
There's a deep hypocrisy in American politics over drugs, and it's not limited to Republicans. Imagine that Chelsea Clinton were caught using crack; would the Clintons want her to face the harsh penalties ex-President Clinton signed off on for crack users? I doubt it. Probably they'd pull whatever strings they had to, to protect their daughter from prison. And so they should. And so Jeb Bush should.
But what's unjust for the daughters and nieces of presidents (and for the presidents themselves -does anyone doubt that both Bill Clinton and George Bush enjoyed illegal substances in their younger days?), is unjust for the rest of us. As Sisyphus says, we all deserve the chances Noelle Bush is getting.
Amen. I'd tend to argue that the proliferation of mandatory jail terms for drug offenses--while allowing a candiate to appear "tough on crime"--are not only useless but counterproductive. By desiring an exception for his daughter--who is already in trouble for previous drug offenses--Governor Bush's statement would seem to acknowledge that "go directly to jail, do not pass Go" is perhaps not the most desirable outcome.