Decompensation

Bush loses it. Will people notice?

I watched on small screen, and mostly had my head down blogging.

Maybe that’s why I missed what might have been the most damaging moment of the evening from the President’s viewpoint: when he broke the debate rules, interrupted the moderator (who was going to give him the floor) and just plain ranted for about a minute.

I’m with Oliver Willis (who has the video clip) and Kevin Drum. This seems to me like a potential “Dean Scream.”

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

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