A bully in the bully pulpit?

McCain is mean to whoever isn’t mean to him first. Not an attractive character trait, is it?

Reader Ivan Ludmer writes:

Isn’t it ironic? McCain took hits in the 2000 race for being too hot-tempered, unstable, and mean to GWB, mostly in low blows given by background on his staffers. Now, McCain’s being mean to everyone, in person and on background, except to the people who screwed him over in

the last race. Almost enough to make you cynical about the straightshooter.

Well, yes. There’s a term for someone who harasses people less powerful than he is and sucks up to those who show they can hurt him, and it’s not a nice term.

McCain is clearly the most unfit of the three leading Republican candidates for President: until you think about the other two. Then it’s harder to say.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com