. . . When interviewed by The Daily Show, the lead Republican sponsor of repealing Nebraska’s death penalty, Senator Colby Coash, explained to a skeptical reporter that it was because of, not in spite of, his conservative principles that he led the effort. In particular, this aspect of the Nebraska campaign – legislators ending capital punishment for conservative reasons – has fascinated and perplexed observers.
Specifically, the conservative case against the death penalty consists of 3 principal arguments: the death penalty’s incompatibility with (1) limited government, (2) fiscal responsibility, and (3) promoting a culture of life. . . .