Grown-ups converge

My Republican dentist finally admits “You just can’t vote for McCain.”

After moving to Los Angeles, I found the Original Painless Dentist. (Contact information available on request.) The only time she ever hurt me was when she told me she was a Republican.

I’ve been working on her to vote for Obama, without any real expectation of success. Today she said, with resignation but without any prompting from me, “Well, you just can’t vote for 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: