Malignant narcissism

Harold Meyerson on John McCain’s Messiah complex.

Harold Meyerson doesn’t use that term, but that’s the character disorder he has diagnosed in John McCain.

Self is McCain’s selling point. He is either the man on horseback riding to the rescue, or he is nothing – or, more precisely, the loser come November. Obama, Lord knows, has his flaws, but he does not seem to believe that the nation’s crises are primarily about him.

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: