As we all chew our nails waiting for Pennsylvania to come in …

… Ross Douthat offers some soothing words about November.

Ross Douthat has some soothing words about November.

Bob Beckel agrees.

McCain is polling about even now, and there’s no way he’s going to do as well on Election Day as he is in polls taken while the Dems are still slagging each other.

Beckel points out that all the pandering to the right wing McCain had to do to get the nomination will be death to him in the general election.

So relax.

Work like hell, but do it with a confident smile.

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: