Cheerful thought for November

Romney’s fans are now figuring out that McCain is a liar. Good.

John McCain is the only Republican candidate with a chance to win a general election. Mitt Romney, the Stepford Husband, simply isn’t going to make it. If he’d really wanted to be President, he would either have picked a plain-vanilla Protestant denomination or chosen a party whose voting base doesn’t contain large numbers of fundamentalist Protestant religious bigots who think his church is a cult. (Also, it’s bad when a candidate for President starts hearing voices.)

John McCain is also a liar with a powerful fund of ignorance on all things non-military, especially economics. You know that, and I know that. But here’s the cheerful thought: now a bunch of the money-cons and Bush loyalists who constitute another big chunk of the Republican base and account for a huge share of the GOP’s fundraising capacity know it, too.

McCain may come to regret his utterly bogus claim that Romney supported a “timetable” for withdrawal from Iraq as much as Bill Clinton regrets using Jesse Jackson’s name yesterday. Romney has enough money to ram that lie back down McCain’s throat.

One reason I support Barack Obama is that I think he’s much better positioned to pick up some of the pieces of the shattered GOP coalition, against either McCain or Romney, than HRC is. She could well be the only person in the world capable of re-forging that coalition. Think of her as the Republican unity candidate.

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: