An endorsement: “Uncommitted” in Michigan

Uncommitted is a great American. If he/she were to beat Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Democratic primary tomorrow, it would be the funniest political result since John Ashcroft lost his Senate seat to a dead man.

I agree with Matt Yglesias (gee, that’s never happened before, has it?) that Mitt Romney would be the least horrible President among the Republican candidates. Demonstrably, he has an IQ statistically significantly different from zero, isn’t demonstrably bonkers aside from his narcissism, and doesn’t actually believe in anything. That’s a big improvement over much of his opposition.

And voting for Mitt has the side-benefit of helping to keep the nastiness going on the GOP side, as this video hilariously argues.

Still, I’m queasy about the ethics of cross-over voting just to screw up the other side. Moreover, Matt is wrong to say that there’s no primary on the Democratic side. In fact, HRC is running against “Uncommitted.”

I’ve known Uncommitted for years: not only a great patriot, but a great philosopher, who has mastered the art of maintaining skepticism in the face of unreasoning demands for certainty. If Uncommitted were to win, it would be the funniest political result since John Ashcroft lost to a dead guy. Even getting close would be nice.

So I’d say Michigan Democrats have better things to do tomorrow than voting for the Stepford Husband. Let us prove ourselves, in Churchill’s immportal words, “decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity.”

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