Hitting his stride

Obama on McCain:
This is somebody who’s been in Congress for twenty-six years – who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign – and now he tells us that he’s the one who’s going to take on “the old boys network.”
The “old boys network.” In the McCain campaign, that’s called a “staff meeting.”

It sounds like he got a little carried away, because yesterday, John McCain actually said that if he’s President, he’ll take on, and I quote, “the old boys network in Washington.”

I’m not making this up. This is somebody who’s been in Congress for twenty-six years &#8212 who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign &#8212 and now he tells us that he’s the one who’s going to take on “the old boys network.”

“The old boys network.” In the McCain campaign, that’s called a “staff meeting.”

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