Clinton gets Mickey Kaus on nativist grounds. Score one for Obama. Now if he can just pick up Kevin Drum, today will be a great day for him.

Mickey Kaus has now come out for Hillary Clinton as the best anti-immigrant candidate. Maybe that was the good news (for Obama) the betting markets were discounting. Or is it possible that there’s been a leak about the long-awaited, closely-guarded Kevin Drum endorsement? If Obama were to get that &#8212 which two weeks ago would have seemed like a long-shot &#8212 he would have the liberal-blog-reader demographic just about sewn up. And of course that demographic is the decisive one.

Update YESSSSS!!!!! Kevin does the right thing:

I guess I finally decided that Bill Clinton was right: voting for Obama is a roll of the dice. I still don’t know whether Obama is likely to be the Democratic Ronald Reagan (my hope) or the next Democratic Jimmy Carter (my fear), but I like his temperament, I like his judgment, I like his foreign policy, I like his obvious ability to inspire, and I think he’s more likely to be RR than JC. I guess I’m willing to roll the dice.

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