In which it is proven that John McCain is in fact dead and has been replaced by an impostor.

1.  John McCain is a man of integrity.  I know this because he has said so himself, over and over and over, and because every reporter in Washington seems to believe him, even in the face of all the evidence.

2. A man of integrity keeps his commitments.   Otherwise what does “integrity” mean?

3. John McCain promised to fight for campaign finance reform “Until I draw my last breath.” Dana Milbank, self-described “original McCainiac,” says so.

4. The man now in office as the senior Senator from Arizona refuses to fight for campaign finance reform in the wake of the Citizens United decision. That same man has also disowned all of McCain’s other “maverick” stances, for example by voting against the budget commission that was one of the main planks in his campaign platform.

5. Therefore, John McCain has, in fact, drawn his last breath, and the man now voting and blathering in his name is an impostor.

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:

4 thoughts on “Sorites”

  1. A fascinating article, as a confession by Milbank. As for McCain's, I think his take on campaign finance isn't a surprise. The provisions he favors have been found unconstitutional, and that there's not going to be a constitutional amendment to limit the rights granted by the First Amendment. He's never favor full public financing a solution; he'd rather limit speech. It's also pretty clear that he thinks that the Supreme Court will in time abandon it's present position. I'm afraid he's right.

  2. Maybe this guy *is* and imposter. Let's check his original long-form certificate of real, living live birth.

  3. I think you miss the point: "John McCain is a man of integrity" is a tautology, "integrity" being defined by John McCain as anything John McCain does.

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