I’ll take “political catchphrases” for $200.

It’s a Latin word that translates into English as “Commander-in-Chief.”

What is “Imperator”?

And while we’re at it, here’s another question:  Why do Republicans hate the republican form of government?

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:

6 thoughts on “Jeopardy”

  1. I can take a stab at this one. I think Mark is referring to a line in Sarah Palin's Tea Party speech that went, “To win that war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law.” This was along with the lines about Obama needing a telelprompter (before she was caught literally red-handed with her own "palm pilot" notes).

    Snide, nasty, dumb, and mentally slatternly. The Commander in Chief was only one aspect of the sorry mess.

  2. Interesting. The CBS story mentioned some things about the Palin style, but missed the one thing that will keep her out of the White House even if the lack of substance does not. People respond unconsciously to non-verbal behavior, and her sing-song voice tone will not serve her well in the long run. It gets on people's nerves after a while, and it just ain't presidential. Forget the ridiculous content; the analog and not the digital channel will be the thing that sinks her presidential ship.

  3. Time to read Mommsen on class dynamics in the Roman Republic. It's tough to make a meaningful comparison, but it seems the modern Republican (sic) party are better at astro-turf Populism(tm) than the Roman patricians were.

  4. One other point about the Palin tea party appearance: was she really wearing an Israeli flag lapel pin during the speech? We heard all kinds of things about the little list of talking points on the palm of her hand, but nothing about her sporting the emblem of a foreign country next to the standard US flag lapel pin. It is one thing to treat Israel as a US ally, but quite another to treat it as the virtual 51st state. I wonder why this did not gather more attention in the ultra-liberal mainstream news media. Any ideas or comments?

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