Words fail

Ashley Todd blames … the media. Who else?

You have to feel sorry for Ashley Todd. No one without serious, serious issues would do what she did. But it’s hard not to laugh at her reported comment after she had ‘fessed up:

She was upset with the media for blowing this into a political firestorm.

Gee, I wonder who told her that “the media” and Scary Black Men are the national enemy?

Update Greg Sargent at TPM fingers Peter Feldman, the communications director for the McCain campaign in Pennsylvania, as having pushed the “B for Barack” story. Apparently the Scaife TV station has pushed the relevant grafs down the memory hole, but Sargent has the screenshot.

A TPM commenter asks “When will John McCain repudiate Peter Feldman?” Good question. I’m betting on the Twelfth of Never.

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