“A gauzy, feel-good commercial”

The McCain folks didn’t watch the same 30 minute Obama closing argument I watched.

The McCain campaign dismisses Obama’s thirty-minute closing argument as “a gauzy, feel-good commercial.”

That must have been a canned response prepared in advance, since it had nothing at all to do with the actual 30 minutes, which in fact focused on families falling toward poverty due to illness not covered by health insurance, to jobs moving away, and to pensions that disappear when the firms go bankrupt.

McCain might have plausibly, though unwisely, criticized the half-hour as too downbeat, too tear-jerking, not focused enough on those who remain comfortably off. But “feel-good”? What color is the sky on their planet?

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