On Bush’s popularity

Interesting Times has an interesting post comparing Bush’s job performance ratings with Clinton’s. It’s overoptimistic (from a Democratic standpoint) because it’s about job performance, not personal favorable/unfavorable impressions. But Chris has one thing right: Clinton has been under unremitting personal attack from the day he declared for the Presidency until today. Bush has had more or less a free ride, not just from the press, but from the elected Democrats, who are afraid to criticize him because he’s popular and then wonder why he’s still popular.

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