Geographydude, you forget that we're talking about _american_ voters here. Optics is key, especiallly macho/"tough" optics.Maybe not. I continue to be optimistic that, on crime, good policy is good politics.
It's like the average citizen knows enough and has thought through it enough that he or she has achieved and exceeded some kind of threshold, so that a politician who talks about comic books, for example, risks being laughed at. And no politician likes being laughed at.