Liveblogging 9

Biden hammers on the middle class, hits Bush, points out that McCain doesn’t differ from Bush on any major policy.

Palin says “There you go again, looking backwards.” Still won’t offer a single distinction with Bush.

What does a VP do? I think Palin just said that she would try to exert more authority as Presdient of the Senate. Ifill follows up; Palin waffles.

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: