“My fellow prisoners”

All right, candidates misspeak. But “my fellow prisoners“? That’s not like saying you’ve visited 57 states when you mean you’ve been in 57 delegate contests, or conflating “green” and “wet behind the ears” as metaphors for inexperience into the Martian-sounding “green behind the ears.” That’s just weird. And note that McCain doesn’t correct himself.

John Scalzi is right: there are times when McCain seems to be running for President of WhatTheF*ck?-istan.

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