HRC loses another vote

The more attention you pay to the race, the less you like the Clintons’ tactics.

An old friend, now living in NYC, writes concerning the Presidential race:

Been following your blog on this. I’m another one who favored HRC — I’ve known her for a long time, have worked with her in the WH and in the Senate, and think highly of her.

The way Bill Clinton has used race in the recent campaign is inexcusable and has cost her my vote. The Republican-style distortion &#8212 he’s antichoice, he said the Republicans have the best ideas &#8212 had brought me close to that point already. The race talk has absolutely done it, and has undone years worth of respect both of them had earned for who they are and what they’ve done. They should be ashamed of themselves; I’m certainly ashamed of them.

Isn’t it amazing how WJC has blown a career’s worth of goodwill in three short weeks? It’s not as if I can’t sympathize; if my sister were running for office her campaign folks would have to put me in a straitjacket. But he has really and truly screwed the pooch.

Of course it’s not clear how this will play out with the mass of (non-black) Democratic voters. But I think the high-attention voters are likely to be peeling away rather quickly about now. (As Hilzoy points out, when there are liars around, you have to be really high-attention to know the score. That puts an extra tax on citizenship, which is one of the many reasons why lying in politics is wrong.)

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: