Hands off Kerry!

Tearing down the standard-bearers is not a good way to build a party.

I declare an official moratorium on Kerry-bashing among Democrats. The habit of shooting our leaders when they and we together fall short is not sound, morally or tactically.

Look at the crappy product the Republicans have had to peddle for the last two rounds. Do you hear them complaining? (Out loud, I mean.)

Suck it up, folks.

(Feel free to bash the campaign honchos, official and unofficial.)

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

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