The GWB pin-up calendar:
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The American people deserve to have this campaign run on the issues. Of course character matters, but that doesn’t give either side a license for mean-spirited personal denigration or mockery of the other’s candidate. And there’s nothing more vulgar — or sexist, if you think about it — than impugning a man’s andreia by portraying him as feminine.

If, for example, someone were to create a side-splittingly, hysterically funny slideshow of George W. Bush’s head Photoshopped onto the bodies of various scantily clad and seductively posed young women, it would be wrong for me, as a Kerry partisan, to link to it, as I’m now doing, or for you to —

Hey! Stop that! That’s not funny!

Really, now. Aren’t you ashemed of yourself?

Myself, I’m taking no responsibility. Blame it on Bird Dog.

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