CNN: Obama 49, Clinton 46

His first lead ever in a national poll.

Update And Cook Report/RT [in the field Thurs-Sat] has Obama +6, 43-37. Small sample.

Well, everyone agrees that Obama has a great comic sense. And the essence of comedy is timing.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if when the history of his campaign were written, the conclusion turned out to be that her New Hampshire comeback doomed the Clinton campaign by saving Mark Penn’s job?

Footnote McCain, by contrast, has the sort of talent at stand-up comedy that led to the expression “Don’t quit your day job.” The state-prison joke isn’t bad, but boy oh boy does he flub the delivery.

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: