NH Democratic debate

If this was HRC’s last chance to pop Obama’s balloon, I think she just blew it.

I’m hardly an unbiased observer, but it doesn’t seem to me as if HRC is doing herself any good or Obama any harm. So far, Obama looks like the grown-up at the table, and the one with the detailed grasp of complicated foreign policy issues. Clinton made her attack on Obama, and it looked to me as if it mostly bounced off even before Obama’s smooth, persuasive response. And then Edwards climbed all over Clinton as the agent of the status quo, providing further protection for Obama. If this was indeed her last chance to stop Obama, looks to me as if she just blew it.

Footnote I’m not sure why ABC News thought it important to start every segment of the debate with a video segment embodying a Republican talking-point, or why Gibson thought it his place to reinforce those talking-points in direct debate with the candidates. I missed the Republican debate. Was there anything similar?

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