Beautiful, isn’t it?

Not only the Worst. President. Ever., but heading toward being The. Least. Popular. as well.

Remember all those years we waited, hoping that Bush’s approval line on the way down would finally cross the disapproval line on the way up? For someone to finally put an ornament on the top of the Christmas tree?

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And yes, the new Newsweek number probably isn’t right, but it does restore a lovely symmetry, doesn’t it? The rate of decline has been reasonably steady at about 12 points a year since the post-9/11 peak. That would have the Beloved Leader down in the low teens by the time he leaves.

Sure, that seems implausible. But don’t misunderestimate the Commander Guy. It’s like he and his crew are playing charades, and the word is “decompensate.”

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