Words and music

So we’re on “Orange Alert.” I guess maybe capturing Saddam Hussein really didn’t make he country any safer, at least in the short run.

Of course, a majority of voters already knew that.

But that doesn’t mean they want to be told it by someone running for President. The purpose of a Presidential campaign is to convince the voters to like you, to trust you, and to think you’re on their side. Raining on the national parade, even by telling the truth, doesn’t help with any of that.

A campaign isn’t words; it’s music. And Dean’s comment was badly off key.

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