Quitting-while-you’re-behind Dep’t

Someone asked Carly Fiorina whether Sarah Palin would be competent to run Hewlett Packard. She said, accurately, “No,” and then tried to explain why it didn’t matter. But, realizing that she might have put her foot in her mouth, Fiorina went on to shove it in all the way to the ankle by pointing out that John McCain also isn’t qualified to be CEO of HP.

This really isn’t what the McCain camp was hoping for today. They can’t plausibly argue with Fiorina, both because she’s on their team and because she is, after all, perhaps the world’s leading expert on being incompetent to run Hewlett Packard,

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