Here’s the GOP idea of how to promote national unity:
Compare unnamed opponents (“the angry left”) to the enemy torturers at “the Hanoi Hilton,” and accuse them of wanting to “break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country.” Better assign that line to the President; he doesn’t have any credibility left to lose.
But that’s not specific enough. So accuse the opposition Presidential candidate of favoring infanticide. Nice, avuncular Fred Thompson can stick the shiv in without looking mean.
If that doesn’t bring the country together, I don’t know what will.
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.
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)
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