The Wilder effect in Louisiana

I’m glad the Democrats took the Louisiana Governorship. But the reason is anything but cheerful. Bobby Jindal was simply too dark-skinned for some of the voters. (Or there’s another possibility: despite his phone-bankers pushing the “Bobby is a Christian” line, some of the voters might have thought he was Hindu, or even Muslim.)

Still, as Atrios points out, there’s a silver lining: This may help some Republicans understand the reality of racism.

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: