Yes, he could

More than 1m Obama contributors, and the number is rising by about 1,000 per hour.

Obama broke the million-contributor mark Wednesday, and kept right on moving. At this posting, the count is almost at 1,010,000. That means that, in the 24 hours after the debate, the campaign picked up new contributors at the rate of about 1,000 per hour. Two million by Election Day seems well within reach, and three million not impossible.

I’m a little puzzled at the lack of press coverage. Of course a numerical milestone isn’t really news, but Obama has pulled off an astonishing feat, one that may change the nature of campaigning from here on out.

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