Shorter Andrew Sullivan

I hate liberals. I hate Democrats. I love hating them.

So I want the Democrats to nominate the candidate I would hate the most.

That will prove that I was right about them all along. (And get my guy re-elected so he can keep opposing equal rights for people like me.)

If there’s a liberal Democrat that I can’t plausibly paint as the sort of person I hate, I’ll just call him a crackpot and a megalomaniac — without saying why — so I don’t have to consider why I enjoy hating liberal Democrats so much.

Go ahead. Read the whole thing and tell me I’m unfair.

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