I suppose telling the truth isn’t an option

NYT headline:
GOP Candidates Ponder What to Say About Bush

NY Times headline:

G.O.P. Contenders Ponder What to Say About Bush

Fascinating story. Not a syllable, either from the reporter or from the candidates’ spokesfolks, about the merits; it’s all about the problem of what a Republican candidate says about a President who’s still popular among Republicans but loathed by the rest of the population.

Hard problem. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

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