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  •  An even greater opportunity (0+ / 0-)

    is for the Repubs to push back against their own party's craziness.  Seriously, with 90 percent of the Democratic Party clamoring to maintain their membership in the Flat Earth Club, this could be a big win for the Republicans.  I personally have several conservative friends who are as keen to legalize weed as we are.  

    This in turn should be a clear indication to the Dems to stop taking this anti-rational, public-be-damned page from the Repubs' playbook, but they don't seem to want to do that.  Tell us more what you mean when you say it cuts across both parties' grain to support legalization.  Why?  What is it they gain by so hewing to the crazy status quo?  

    •  not all dems are social liberals (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, isabelle hayes

      and quite a few enjoy using things like the war on drugs to prove to white conservative voters that they're not beholden to blacks, latinos and hippies, but can instead be trusted to be "tough on crime." there are quite a few drug warriors in our party, the past two democratic presidents among them, although obama has made some mumbles about backing away from it lately.

      the GOP, by contrast, has a libertarian wing that sees the drug war as police state federal encroachment, and critiques it from that perspective. not all the GOP, or even most of them, and definitely regionally inflected, but a sizeable chunk of them. i expect it to grow as a proportion in the decade to come, as social conservative silent generation voters are replaced by more libertarian-minded older gen x'ers, in the GOP coalition.

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