“Change you can photo-shop”

Yes, in fact John McCain’s campaign made an attack video mocking the idea of Obama’s picture on the $100 bill. But of course when he said that his opponents would make a fuss about the fact that he didn’t look like all the other guys on the money, that was just Obama’s paranoia and race-baiting.

So it turns out that the McCain campaign actually put out an attack video showing Barack Obama’s face on the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, and … the $100 bill? And none of the talking heads got around to mentioning it when Obama said that McCain would point out that he didn’t look like all the other Presidents on the money? Even if we assume that the Obama press operation somehow failed to point this out, it’s a gross disgrace to the press that it never got mentioned when Obama was being tried and convicted of having “played the race card.”

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