Wishful thinking for the end of the year

Acknowledging my capacity for self-deception about whether political trends are favorable to the causes I support, I can’t help thinking/hoping that I detect some impatience in the press with the Republican habit of letting politics start at the water’s edge. It’s not just that so many GOP politicians have more or less stopped even pretending that aren’t rooting for our enemies to succeed, as long as that embarrasses the President they hate. It’s their utter lack of intellectual integrity. When you spend years asserting that the Beloved Leader prevented any terrorist attack on American soil after 9/11 – ignoring the anthrax attacks and, reasonably, treating the Shoe Bomber incident as a failed attempt – and then describe the Underpants Bomber incident as a “terrorist attack” and condemning the President for not preventing it, you’ve pretty much jumped the shark, I’d say.

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

3 thoughts on “Wishful thinking for the end of the year”

  1. Both parties trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule, thats politics. The question is, who are the best and the worst demagogues?

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