The bitter enders

… and damned few of them. Relax.

Jim Lindgren thinks the Palin pick is playing well among die-hard Hillaryites. (Perhaps they haven’t heard that Palin accused Clinton of “whining”.) Michael Drake computes that the site actually has 200 users; they just post a lot. He suspects astro-turfing. I suspect fanaticism. Either way, I’m not quaking in my boots. I stopped worrying when it emerged that only one actual (albeit fired) Clinton delegate was actually a bitter-ender.

Correction: Drake actually computes that the volume of posting could come from as few as 200 users posting at the mean rate for posters on the site; it actually has 5000 registered users. His point is simply that there’s no evidence of any mass movement.

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: