Half right

Eugene Volokh explains (*) why you should (in most cases) vote the party, not the candidate. Now he just needs to work on his choice of party.

[Eugene does miss one good reason for ticket-splitting: the more ticket-splitters there are, the stronger the incentive for the parties to come up with decent candidates, as illustrated by the Lautenberg-for-Torricelli switch last year. But his overall point is right: if you have a strong party preference, that should determine most of your votes.]

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