Today has the lowest McCain ad so far, which is not to say the lowest of the campaign. Every day of the McCain campaign is what used to be called a “Soviet average”: not nearly as good as yesterday, but much better than tomorrow.

The good news is that McCain rolled out the very same charge last night, and Obama nailed him on it with forty-something million people watching.

Two responses below: one from a listserv I’m on, where someone imagined a response for the Obama camp, and one from the Obama camp.

This kind of dishonorable and dishonest attack is what we’ve come to expect from John McCain. Maybe that’s why he was too ashamed to look Barack Obama in the eye at their debate – because he’s sold his soul in order to win an election.

Despite what his increasingly desperate and dishonorable campaign says, John McCain opposed funding for our troops that would have brought them home, while Barack Obama voted against a blank check for George Bush. So if John McCain wants to talk about funding, he should explain why he voted against life-saving equipment for our troops in battle, voted repeatedly against funding for veterans health care, and wants to keep spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqis have a surplus and our economy is in crisis.

Figure out which one you’d like to have been the real statement, and which one you think was the real statement. Both seem pretty damned potent to me, but I know which one I like better.>Answer here.

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: