John McCain has decided to break the convention that candidates stop campaigning after casting their own votes, with trips to Colorado and New Mexico today.

I’ve always been puzzled by the usual practice, and have sometimes wondered how different history might have been had Al Gore hopped a flight to Tallahassee after voting in 2000. But it seemed especially out of character for Barack Obama to let himself be out-hustled on the last day of the marathon.

No fear. He’s in Indianapolis right now.

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: