Stem cell politics

Corzine runs an ad that could have won the White House for John Kerry. 2008 candidate, please copy.

There’s not a word in this Corzine ad that couldn’t have been used by John Kerry against George W. Bush last year.

If his advisors had had the wit and the guts to make such an ad and run it heavily, or if any of the independent expenditure groups had done the same, Kerry would probably be President now. Since it’s virtually inevitable that the Republicans will nominate an anti-stem-cell-research Presidential candidate in 2008, our next candidate will very likely have the same opportunity.

Stem cell research is a huge winner for liberals: easily the best way to make the Republicans pay for the support they get from the Religious Right. The entire rest of the Republican coalition — big business, libertarians, suburban moderates — is on the right side on this one, and it’s an issue that hits at the gut level.

Any Democrat who can’t figure that out doesn’t deserve to be President, and probably won’t be.

Hat tip: Kos.

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