Will the real George W. Bush keep standing up?
    And will someone please send him to his room?

Go to your room RIGHT NOW, George!

Is Dan Froomkin right? Was the petulant child we saw Thursday night the real George W. Bush?

If anyone out there in 527-land is reading: how about a nice 30-second spot with a montage of the sourpuss moments on one side of the screen and on the other a motherly lady of about Barbara Bush’s age explaining how she never tolerated such behavior from her children and sees no reason to tolerate it from the President of the United States. “What George needs is a time out.”

The Bushites would cry foul, but that’s exactly the sort of subtly below-the-belt attack that it’s virtually impossible for a candidate to recover from. He’s campaigning on his manhood; treating him as a child would be devastating.

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

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