McCain and the pedophile vote

Why does John McCain oppose protecting kindergarten children from sexual predators?

Barack Obama sponsored a law in Illinois designed to teach schoolchildren, all the way down to kingergarten age, to protect themselves from sexual predators. I’m not sure whether McCain’s attack on that bill is designed to win the votes of the pedophiles or attract campaign contributions from the kiddie-porn industry. But no doubt that man of honor is proud of it, just as he’s proud of his entire sleazy, lying campaign. Feh.

“It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls — a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. “Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was. Now we know why.”

Looks as if Obama is ready to take the gloves off. “Downright perverse.” Exactly.

If this makes you as angry as it makes me, remember the first rule of politics: “Don’t get mad, get even.” Write a check to the campaign, and get a dozen of your friends to do the same. Donating on line takes less than a minute.

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: