“I wanted them to think me still an honest man”

… but he’s not. Anna Quindlen has details on the sad moral wreckage that is John McCain.

Anna Quindlen does a job on John McCain.

His notorious irascibility is often mistaken for principled candor, but experience teaches that McCain’s principles remain consistent now only when they appear to lead to the West Wing.

Quindlen also reminds us that on reproductive choice McCain has been “about as moderate as Strom Thurmond.”

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