“A fatal cancer”

That’s David Brooks’s opinion of Sarah Palin, what does he think of the guy who chose her?

If that’s David Brooks’s opinion of Sarah Palin and her continuation of the contempt for ideas and proud ignorance of George W. Bush, then what does Brooks think of the guy who plucked her from her richly-deserved obscurity and tried to put her one unreliable heartbeat from the Presidency?

Remember the turtle sitting on a fencepost: you know she doesn’t belong there, you know she didn’t get there by herself, you know she can’t do anything useful there or gracefully climb down, and you just wonder what stupid sonuvabitch decided to put her there.

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