Quick quiz …

Which candidate is against the use of cluster bombs?
Which candidate was just endorsed by David Obey, the liberals’ liberal?

… just to keep you doing the reading.

As between (in the blue corner) the Democratic Presidential candidate with experience who knows how to get things done and fights all things conservative and Republican tooth and nail, and (in the red corner) the naive and irresponsible peddler of false hope whose uplifting rhetoric reveals an unwillingness to take tough stances and conceals a secret admiration for Republican ideas, which one:

* Voted to ban the use of cluster bombs?

* Just got the endorsement of the Old Washington Hand and echt-liberal former Edwards backer who chairs the House Appropriations Committee?

Awwwww…. you peeked, didn’t you?

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