hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, June 14, 2002
the goofiness of richard posner

"that gets right to my point. For example, if Florida
had announced earlier in the year that they were
remedying the problem of overvotes and undervotes in
punch-card counties by replacing all punch-card
systems, then Bush might have realized that there was
going to be a larger black vote counted against him
and devoted more resources to campaigning in Florida.
Campaigns are shaped by whatever rules are in force,
and that's another reason why it's so difficult to
talk about the ultimate truth of who won, because who
won depended on how the contestants aproached the
contest and their understanding of the rules of the game."