Joe Gandelman:

The 2008 McCain is to the 2000 McCain what New Coke was to Coke Classic.

Up until this week, there were many voters who thought they were voting for McCain 2000: that after the election he’d take off his mask and stand revealed as Moderate-Man. Now there are fewer of them. As Arianna Huffington said, “I’d like to vote for the John McCain of 2000. But to do so I’d need a time machine.”

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: