Buyer’s remorse

Some Bush voters are starting to wake up and smell the coffee. What are the Democrats going to do about it?

Travis at Prolix and Michele Catalano at A Small Victory both voted for Bush, and both regret it. Straws in the wind, but good news nonetheless.

Gary Farber at Amygdala asks what the Democrats should do about it, and offers two sensible answers: avoiding “I told you so,” and finding a candidate and a message that will convince Travis, Michelle, and 1.5 million other voters that it’s safe to entrust the national security in a dangerous world to the Democrats.

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