“Old age is second childhood”: Aristophanes

And John Weaver thinks John McCain’s latest ad is “childish.”

John Weaver, longtime McCain loyalist, calls his latest raft of nasty ads “childish.” [Update: another Republican strategist calls it “juvenile.”]

Meantime, here’s what looks to me like a very strong Obama response, which quickly segues from calling McCain a liar (using five short quotes from authoritative sources, the phrase “politics of the past,” and the word “old”) to laying out the Obama sound-bites.

One thing we don’t have to worry about this year is having the Democratic candidate let himself be used as a punching bag. They breed ’em tough in Chicago.

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