David Brooks nails the Ken-doll candidate


Voters know that all politicians market themselves. But with Romney, many people wonder if it is marketing all the way down.

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

5 thoughts on “David Brooks nails the Ken-doll candidate”

  1. And, in classic post-2009 Brooksian fashion, he managed to do it without saying anything too nice about Pres. Obama.

  2. I think David Brooks is a good writer and thinker, but that is almost as much projection as when Paul Krugman called Newt Gingrich a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like. On the other hand, there is no rule that projection has to be wrong. Romney really does make me wonder what he actually believes that he should do as President beyond being a manager with good hair and lots of money, and Gingrich is truly, excuse me I mean “fundamentally and transformatively,” a gasbag.

  3. Turtles all the way down is coherent, but not eels all the way down. The elephant holding up the Disc is bound to slip off.

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