The infomercial

I haven’t seen it yet; the West Coast schedule is different.

The talking heads on CNN are “gushing” (Gergen’s word). Gergen made one interesting point: McCain isn’t mentioned.

Reminds me of a story JFK tells about Thomas Hart Benton in Profiles in Courage. One of Benton’s political opponents threatened to write “a little book, in which the behavior of Sen. Benton will figure prominently.” Benton replied by promising to write a large book, in which his opponent would not figure at all.

Update Saw it. Home run. He should smile more, but other than that I wouldn’t change much.

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