Note to David Broder

The ape afraid to look his challenger in the eye isn’t the alpha male of the troop.

Or at least not for long. Ask the expert.

Update Nick Burbules at PBD suggests that McCain was mostly trying to keep his temper in check, and feared that he couldn’t do so if he looked at Obama That could well be right. Of course, a man so lacking in self-command is not to be trusted as Commander-in-Chief.

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