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A key Hillaryite-for-McCain turns out to be an open racist.

This ought to cool the ardor of any of the Hillaryites-for-McCain who aren’t stone racists. Paula Abeles, who organized John McCain’s high-profile teleconference and meeting with former Clinton supporters, was last seen trying to keep the descendents of Sally Hemmings our of the Monticello Association, a group of people who claim Thomas Jefferson as an ancestor: to the keep the meetings “calm and civilized,” she said.

Ick.

Note that the McCain folks allowed Abeles to make the guest list for the teleconference and meeting. She’s not just some random supporter: she’s the person the McCain camp wanted to work with, or the person they judged could best reach out to the potential McCain supporters from the Clinton camp.

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