“Why McCain would be a mediocre president”

Rex Nutting, Washington Bureau Chief of MarketWatch, dares to ask whether John McCain is qualified to be President.

Rex Nutting, the Washington bureau chief of the financial website MarketWatch, dares to ask the question no one who wants to stand tall with the rest of the Washington press corps would dare to ask: Is John McCain actually qualified to be President?

Nutting is not impressed. The subheads tell the story:

Lack of accomplishments


No leadership

Living in the Sixties

No principles

Of course Nutting is unfair. He neglects McCain’s really heroic work with John Kerry in bringing about reconciliation with Vietnam (taking on the powerful POW/MIA racket in the process). But I think Nutting sees McCain more clearly than the worshippers on McCain’s press plane.

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