Feminists come in all flavors

A retired career Navy flier decides he can’t vote for McCain because of how flippant he was about the “health of the mother.”

A reader forwards an email from a man who uses the handle “Fireball,” known to my reader as a career Navy aviator now test-piloting for one of the big aircraft manufacturers.


With regard to my voting, I was undecided until the last debate.

I can not support someone who was so flip about a woman’s health and a woman’s right to choose an abortion if she had to. And the right of a doctor and a patient to decide what is in the best interests of the mother and the woman. If men bore children, we’d have abortion clinics on every corner, or at least next to every 7/11 store.

I am suspect of all politicians, their motives, their actions. I do not trust them easily and generally don’t respect them as a group. I am also aware they do not control many of the policies, programs future actions they promise to change while campaigning and are only saying what they need to get elected. I would have preferred Colin Powell, but he was too smart to run.

Yes, I suspected that “health of the mother” crack might come back to haunt McCain.

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