A straw in the wind

A swing voter chooses Kerry.

My friend the Swing Voter (a prosecutor who dislikes affirmative action, gun control, and anyone named Clinton) tells me he’s finally come down for Kerry, “though I expect to regret it.”


1. Bush finished fourth in the debates.

2. There weren’t any weapons of mass destruction.

3. We attacked the only member of the Axis of Evil that didn’t have nukes.

“Somebody has to be accountable,” he says.

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

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