John Cole is sick at heart

John Cole just can’t believe that the Party of Goldwater has morphed into the Party of Falwell.

John Cole, a Bush voter, has moved from mere routine buyer’s remorse into something like clinically-diagnosable buyer’s depression. He just can’t believe that the Party of Goldwater* has morphed into the Party of Falwell.

There’s nothing quite as awful as watching your own side self-destruct, and nothing tougher than calling them on it in public. Kudos to Cole for his honesty.

Right, then. We’re guaranteed the votes of all the well-informed, thoughtful, morally serious people in the country. Now let’s work on getting a majority.

*No, dear reader, I wasn’t a Goldwater fan any more than you were, but he sure looks good by comparison, doesn’t he? Like Henry Wallace, who was once described as the only participant in the Wallace campaign of 1948 who wasn’t more or less a Communist, Goldwater was a lot less scary than some of his supporters. The bad news is that it’s the scary Goldwaterites who have taken over.

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