Recall Arnold?

Hell, no! I want to forget him as fast as I can.

Kevin Drum has a sidelight on the election I haven’t seen elsewhere: Apparently the total turnout was actually below the already-low turnout in the 2002 governor’s race. That suggests that the vote was a repudiation of Davis and Bustamante and not an embrace of Schwarzenegger, which makes me feel better about my fellow Californians.

Note to Democrats: If you want to win an election, it helps to have a candidate.

Note to Republicans: You won this game by forfeit when our team forgot to show up. That doesn’t mean that California has gone over to the Dark Side.

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: