Merritt v. Kleiman on the nomination race

The diavlog is up. See what you think.

Jeralyn Merritt (of TalkLeft) and I have a Bloggingheads diavlog up on the significance of Pennsylvania and the fate of the nomination race. Jerylyn thinks that (1) Clinton is more electable and (2) that will lead the superdelegates to stampede in her direction. I’m not buying any, thanks. The key difference: Jeralyn is convinced that when Barack Obama loses a demographic group to Hillary Clinton in a primary, that means he will lose the same group to John McCain in a general election? I don’t see it.

What we didn’t get a chance to discuss is Hillary Clinton’s crime proposals, which are pretty damned good, and mark a watershed in the political discussion of crime.

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: