OK, I give up

Rick Davis is now bragging that John McCain “blew up” the bailout package that John McCain blamed Barack Obama for not supporting vehemently enough.

As Orwell once said, this doesn’t even have the relationship to the truth that an ordinary lie has.


1. Davis is stupid.

2. Davis thinks the voters are stupid.

3. Davis thinks the press will never get around to reporting the contradiction.

4. The McCain campaign is decompensating under pressure.

5. This isn’t politics; this is performance art.


From Dorland’s Medical Dictionary

Decompensation In psychiatry, failure of defense mechanisms resulting in progressive personality disintegration.

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