“Pea-green with envy”

MoDo, on McCain. Love to see it.

All right, it’s only Maureen Dowd, but the McCain-is-just-jealous trope is spreading:

John McCain is pea-green with envy.

Like Al Gore’s “earth tones,” this is the sort of unanswerable charge that, if it sticks, can do a candidate real damage. Now who’s going to be the first reporter to ask John McCain why he’s jealous of Obama’s celebrity?

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