A good year for Kumabya?

Obama’s niceness may play very well against the Republicans’ nastiness.

Frank Rich says something that must have HRC’s handlers tearing their hair out:

Mrs. Clinton’s shrill campaign continues to cast her as Nixon to Mr. Obama’s Kennedy.

Rich makes another point I hadn’t thought of: against the sheer nastiness of this year’s crop of Republican candidates, the non-hostile persona that some in the netroots deride as Obama’s “Kumbaya routine” might play very well with the voters.

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