Bad day for McCain, Part III: “Grandpa is cranky”

*McCain* has decided to go after *Obama* on the age issue? Are they having a second April Fool’s Day this year?

If you’re an old 72 and running for President, you probably don’t want to raise the age issue. But John McCain has apparently decided that referring to the 46-year-old Barack Obama as a “young man” is a smart tactic. I doubt it.

One of the NYT commenters has the right response: “Grandpa is cranky!”

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: