Worried about McCain?

I’m not. He lacks the self-command required in a President, and it won’t be hard to show that to the voters.

“100 years.”

“Bomb Iran.”

“There will be other wars.”

And now this:

“The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” Cochran said about McCain by phone. “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”

Despite the astounding pro-McCain bias in the press corps, I think either Clinton or Obama has a decent chance to Goldwaterize McCain. Even if voters believe the “Straight Talk” bushwa &#8212 which by Election Day I think either Democrat could persuade them not to &#8212 they don’t want someone in the White House they don’t trust with his finger on the nuclear trigger.

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