Cheerful thought

McCain forced to back off his latest anti-gay remarks. The polls must be telling him something.

When a Republican Presidential candidate says something mean and stupid about gay people and immediately has to take it back clarify his remarks, progress is being made. Of course, his new position is pure weasel, but that’s not the point; obviously gay-baiting isn’t polling nearly as well this year as it did four years ago.

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: