Until the other dummy is ready to debate

Naturally, Kerry wants to start debating Bush now. Naturally, Bush doesn’t want to play.

Here’s what I’d do if I were the Kerry campaign: Make a life-sized action figure of the President, in his carrier-deck flight suit; rig it with a tape recorder stocked with Bush’s comments on various subjects, plus some key Bushisms; and script a debate between Kerry and the action figure. Make that dialogue part of Kerry’s stock appearance.

Should make for great TV, and help shake Kerry out of his reportedly dull delivery of the stump speech.

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

One thought on “Until the other dummy is ready to debate”

  1. Now here's an idea!

    From Mark Kleiman…I had a good laugh just at the thought. It could be like The Daily Show's famous Bush v. Bush debate, which is still damn funny…

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