Mouths-of-babes Dep’t

Andrew Nail, age 8, watches the debate:

“Why is McCain so mad?”

“Why is he so old like Grammy?

“Daddy, when McCain smiles like that (i.e., the smirk) I think he is really mad at Obama”.

“I don’t like it when he acts like that.”

“Why isn’t he looking at Obama? Barack looks at him. I think he is trying to be mean.”

“Obama looks better.”

“When McCain talks it bores me and when Obama talks it excites me.”

Note An eight-year-old child of political-junkie parents is much closer to the mindset of an undecided voter than you, dear reader, or I.

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: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com