Three candidates. Three speeches.

And only one looked and sounded like a President.

Which one looked and sounded like a President?


In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda. They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine.

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Note that Obama’s text, inclulding the gracious shout-out to Clinton, was on the Web an hour before she spoke. He offered an olive branch, and she rudely slapped it aside. That should finally answer the question whether she would make a good running-mate.


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McCain’s habit of giving himself a self-congratulatory smile every time he completes a sentence without stumbling or gets off what he thinks is a nifty zinger at his opponent gets more and more creepy the more he repeats it. And that evil chuckle after the broad hint about how his goombahs are going to swift-boat Obama could have come from a horror movie.

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: