Drudge on Clark on Bush

A non-Democratic friend told me to day that he expected the Drudge videotape of Wesley Clark saying nice things about Bush and his crew at a Lincoln Day dinner two years and change ago would hurt him among what he called “red-meat Democrats.” Well, I like mine pretty rare, but it doesn’t bother me at all.

If I were Clark, I’d say, “Right. And I’m not the only one Bush has sorely disappointed. As the song says, ‘Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.’ “

With swing voters in a general election, it can’t hurt him at all. They like non-partisanship, remember?

Update Politus has more. It turns out that Clark addressed a similar Democratic gathering a week after his Lincoln Day dinner speech. I guess a victorious four-star general who is also a local boy must count as some sort of celebrity in Arkansas.

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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