Silver lining

Mike Dukakis: “When Democrats get together, we always sound like cats fighting, and the Republicans think we’re tearing each other apart. But a couple of months later, it turns out we were just making more Democrats.”

Mike Dukakis, who escapes the Boston winter each year by coming to LA to dazzle our students, had a hopeful reflection on the prolonged and increasingly nasty contest for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

“When Democrats get together, we always sound like cats fighting, and the Republicans think we’re tearing each other apart. But a couple of months later, it turns out we were just making more Democrats .”

For example: 110,000 new Democrats in Pennsylvania this year as of last week, counting both new registrants and party-switchers. The total number of Republicans actually fell.

Still, I’m ready for it to be over.

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