Life is unfair dep’t

George W. Bush coddles terrorists, and he still may not get as many Cuban votes as he needs to carry Florida.

There’s nothing George W. Bush (still confused, at last count, about whether America can win the war on terror) won’t do to win the huge share of the Cuban-Americn vote he needs to carry Florida, without which he probably can’t be elected.

Mr. Bush will even be nice to terrorists, as long as they’re anti-Castro terrorists. And of course he will do whatever he can to make the miserable lives of Castro’s victims just a bit more miserable, because that demonstrates resolve.

But it doesn’t seem to be working. The Cuban vote is still mostly Republican, but Kerry is making inroads; he’s actually ahead among Cuban-Americans born in this country.

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