Oliphant’s case for Kerry

Tom Oliphant knows John Kerry well, and thinks he’d probably make a good President.

If, like me, you’ve been a wee bit unenthusiastic about the prospect of President Kerry, you owe it to yourself to read Tom Oliphant’s take on the guy. Oliphant is an honest, competent reporter who knows Kerry well, and he makes what seems like a solid case for optimism about how Kerry would perform in the White House.

Oliphant tosses off, as an aside, an unusually acute piece of political analysis, one that explains a lot:

In today’s political culture, progressives tend to be neurotic, conservatives fanatical.

Ain’t it the truth?

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