Friends coming from afar

Guess who wrote this? (No peeking, now!)

I have to wonder who’s running the show at the White House, and how they can manage to be so clueless … It’s not simply dishonest. It’s inept.

That’s what I call bad news for GWB. (And it might be a reason for some of the inhabitants of Blue Bloggerville to be slightly less personally offensive the next time they disagree with the person quoted, at least until they’ve said something equally rude about the candidate they’re supporting.)

Virginia Postrel comments “If the election were held today, I wouldn’t vote for President.”

An old colleague in the drug-policy wars who is also well-plugged-in to Washington’s right-wing pudit-and-think-tank crowd told me two years ago she thought the Republican party would split over biotech, with the Luddites consolidating their hold over the GOP and the techno-optimists (plus the children of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients) joining the Democrats. Looks as if her prediction might be coming true, though when last heard from she was sticking with Bush.

Jacob Levy has more.

[Note: Not everyone who reads and profits from the writings of Leo Strauss is a member of a secretive cult dedicated to taking over the planet. And Strauss doesn’t really deserve all of his followers, any more than Nietzsche, or Jesus of Nazareth, deserve all of theirs. Still, there is a Strausian sect, and some of the people in it believe and say and do some fairly odd things. Not this odd, I’m pretty certain, but odd enough.]

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:

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  1. Bush attacks the Democrats!

    Mark Kleiman brings us noted right-leaning bloggers turning on Bush, at least on a single issue (I imagine Nancy Reagan is a single-issue voter, though). (He thinks that this is evidence of the bloggers' reasonableness. I note that the offering from th…

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