Progress

From Amar Bakshi in the WaPo: How the Democratic Party organization in Ohio County (Wheeling) West Virginia came to terms with the Obama campaign. Possibly the finest journalistic prose of this campaign.

Amar Bakshi’s vignette of how the Democratic Party organization in Ohio County (Wheeling) West Virginia came to terms with the Obama campaign &#8212 focused on 88-year-old party workhorse Waneta Acker &#8212 reads like the scenario for a soppy movie about an aging bigot won over by goodwill (and, in this case, competence).

It’s a superb piece of depth reporting, and heartwarming as all get-out.

On behalf of everyone who said “Just nominating Barack Obama for President will move the process of racial healing forward” I hereby count one “I told you so” point.

Footnote Oh, yeah. Michael Barone? Suck … on … this.

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