Liveblogging 5

Biden calls for authority in bankruptcy judges to reset mortgages. Says McCain isn’t for it. Palin denies that, gives no details, goes off on her energy rant.

Biden comes out for making no legal distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Palin says not if it leads to the redefinition of marriage. Says she’s tolerant. Biden goes further: says that the state shouldn’t define marriage at all; it’s up to “the faiths” what they want to call different couplings. Amazing!

Palin dodges a little bit, but it seems they agree on civil equality. Astounding!

Is the Christian Right so devoted to “Our Sarah” that they’ll put up with this?

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: