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From where I stand, Ted Cruz is an opportunistic nitwit.
He’s a freshman senator trying his best to make his mark with the Tea Party faithful. It also appears he has ambitious plans to run for the presidency in 2016.
The Texas senator is annoying, and doesn’t play well with others. Will that doom his White House ambitions?
Ted Cruz has sharp elbows. He’s already managed to annoy several senators, including Republicans, and sparked what appears to be a full-on feud with Sen. John McCain. He also wants to be president of the United States.
Do those things go together? The political scientist John Sides thinks it’s going to be a problem:
[T]o be the Republican nominee, he’ll need the support of his Republican colleagues. The 2012 election once again showed—and despite some skepticism—that it is very hard to win the nomination unless you’re preferred by a substantial chunk, if not the vast majority of, your party’s leaders (as was Romney). Which is to say, it pays to be nice to your colleagues. It’s no guarantee, of course: junior Senator Hillary Clinton kept her head down and played nice, and lost the nomination. John McCain often irritated his fellow Republicans, but still mustered enough support within the party to win the nomination.
But political scientist Dave Hopkins isn’t so sure: “Don’t think this is the problem for Cruz that John does. McCain bugged Sen colleagues/leaders too; still won ’08 nom.”
They’re both right … but Dave is more right than John is.
It’s absolutely true, as Sides, the co-author of “The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election,” says, that party leaders are important to winning presidential nominations.
But U.S. political parties are large, and have many leaders, only a small subset of whom are members of Congress. There are governors, interest group leaders, activists, fundraisers and more. And there’s a long history, from Lyndon Johnson in 1960 through Dick Gephardt in 2004, of candidates being overrated because they had strong support within Congress – just as there’s a long history, from John Kennedy through John McCain, of candidates doing well with less-than-stellar Hill reputations (not just nomination winners; John Edwards wasn’t exactly a legislative dynamo but did just fine in 2004; Gary Hart had few supporters from the Senate and almost won in 1984).
To back up a bit: There are really two tests for whether someone is a viable candidate for a presidential nomination. The candidate needs to have conventional qualifications, and with (by then) four years in the Senate, Cruz qualifies, albeit just barely. The candidate must also be within the mainstream of his or her party when it comes to public policy. This is where Cruz is a solid step ahead of his fellow Tea Partying Sen. Rand Paul – as far as we know so far, Cruz doesn’t have major issue areas, such as Paul has with foreign policy, where there are important differences between him and key party groups.
Where Cruz stands out, and where he gets in trouble with his Senate colleagues, is in his willingness to use demagogic rhetoric (such as his McCarthyite and uncollegial attacks on Chuck Hagel) and his frequent attacks on “Republican leaders” or the “Republican establishment.” Many members of Congress may see themselves as targets of those attacks.
But outside of those chambers (and even to some extent within them), there’s a curious phenomenon in both parties, and usefully for Cruz it’s probably even stronger in the Republican Party than it is among Democrats: people who by any objective standards function as party leaders but nevertheless think of themselves as outsiders and rebels.
Indeed, in U.S. politics, hardly anyone thinks of themselves as the “establishment” – that’s always those other folks. Tea Party activists hardly think of themselves as “Republican leaders” no matter how long they have been active within GOP politics, and how many battles they’ve won. Neither do most talk show hosts – my guess is that Rush Limbaugh would throw a fit if you called him a longtime leader of the Republican establishment that he regularly mocks. Even within government, my guess is that there are a fair number of staffers in Barack Obama’s White House, even some who previously served with Bill Clinton, who think of themselves as infiltrating the establishment, not embodying it – and I’m sure the same was true during George W. Bush’s presidency, just as it was during Richard Nixon’s and Ronald Reagan’s presidencies.
All of which means that even if those who actually have to work with Ted Cruz may not like him, there are still plenty of party leaders who may interpret his attacks on “party leaders” as those of an ally ready to help them storm the gates, rather than as a threat to their insider status.
None of which means that Cruz is a sure thing, of course. It’s very early, and it’s extremely difficult to predict how any of the candidates will navigate the process, or even what strengths and weaknesses they will reveal along the way. Cruz surely won’t be the only candidate vying for the support of Tea Party and other extreme conservative party elites. At this point, he’s a potentially viable candidate, no more.
But feuding with John McCain, and having other Republican senators uncomfortable with his excesses? That’s not going to be what stops him.
- Out with the old Republicans, in with the new Republicans (legalinsurrection.com)
- Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘I don’t trust Republicans’ (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Ted Cruz: I Don’t Trust Republicans Or Democrats (freedomoutpost.com)
- Ted Cruz against the world (salon.com)
- John McCain, Susan Collins Oppose ‘Bizarre’ Rand Paul, Ted Cruz Demand (huffingtonpost.com)
Meet the Press: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI); Roundtable: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal) andBob Woodward (Washington Post).Face the Nation: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX); Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT); President/CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt; Roundtable: David Sanger (New York Times), Lois Romano (Politico), Dan Balz (Washington Post) and John Dickerson (CBS News).
This Week: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Sen.Bob Menendez (D-NJ); Rep. Tom Price (R-GA); Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY);Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Ron Fournier (National Journal), April Ryan (American Urban Radio Networks), Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation) and Jeff Zeleny (ABC News).
Fox News Sunday: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Kirsten Powers (Daily Beast), GOP Strategist Karl Rove and Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).
State of the Union: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Susan Page (USA Today); Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile; GOP Strategist Ana Navarro; Jessica Yellin (CNN);
Reliable Sources: Jennifer Loven (Associated Press); Joe Concha (Mediaite); American University Prof. Jane Hall; Jennifer Rubin(Washington Post); David Shuster (Current TV); Michelle Cottle (Daily Beast).
The Chris Matthews Show: Kasie Hunt (NBC News); David Ignatius (Washington Post); Gloria Borger (CNN); Howard Finman Huffington Post).
60 Minutes will feature: a report on the use of computer facial recognition technology in public places, which is making it harder to remain anonymous (preview); an interview with North Korean defector Shin Dong Hyuk (preview); and, a look at some of the personal effects of Michael Jackson, whose brand is making more money in death than he was earning later in life (preview).
1. LAWMAKERS SLAM JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FOR SPYING ON AP
Lawmakers from both parties sharply criticized the Obama administration late Monday after The Associated Press revealed that the Justice Department had spied on some of its reporters. The AP said officials obtained two months of telephone records — on more than 20 cell, office, and home lines — in an apparent attempt to crack down on internal leaks. The AP called the move a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” House Speaker John Boehner said Justice “better have a damned good explanation.” [Fox News, NPR]
2. MINNESOTA BECOMES 12TH STATE TO ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE
Minnesota’s Democrat-controlled state Senate has approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. The state House has already signed off, and Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, is expected to sign it into law on Tuesday, making the state the 12th in the nation to legalize gay marriage. The measure’s success marked a stark reversal over two years ago, when the legislature was controlled by Republicans who tried to write the state’s ban on same-sex marriage into its constitution. [Reuters]
3. GOSNELL FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER
A jury found Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first-degree murder for killing three babies born alive after botched abortions. He was also convicted of manslaughter for the death of a patient from a drug overdose. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty as the case’s sentencing phase begins Tuesday. Anti-abortion activists have used the trial as a rallying cry; abortion-rights supporters called it a reminder of why women need access to safe, sanitary care. [New York Times]
4. OBAMA COUNTERS CRITICS OVER BENGHAZI, JOINS THEM OVER THE IRS
President Obama, facing mounting Republican criticism on several fronts, on Monday dismissed GOP questions of his administration’s handling of September’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as a partisan “sideshow.” Obama, however, joined angry politicians on the right and left in slamming the Internal Revenue Service for singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Obama was displaying “faux outrage” over the IRS scandal, which he said really proved Obama is “drunk on power.” [New York Times, Real Clear Politics]
5. BOATS CAPSIZE FLEEING STORM IN MYANMAR
Several boats carrying as many as 150 people reportedly capsized near the western coast of Myanmar, a United Nations agency said Tuesday. The boats were ferrying members of the country’s long-suffering Muslim minority away from low-lying areas ahead of the potential arrival of Cyclone Mahasen, a storm that could hit parts of Myanmar and Bangladesh later this week. The boats were battered by high seas Monday night. Rescuers have recovered some bodies, but some passengers reached land. [CNN]
6. VERMONT DECRIMINALIZES POSSESSION OF SMALL AMOUNTS OF POT
Vermont lawmakers on Monday gave their final approval to a bill that decriminalizes possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Under current state law, a first time conviction for misdemeanor pot possession carries a sentence of up to six months in jail. The new legislation, which Gov. Pete Shumlin plans to sign, replaces the criminal penalties with a $300 fine. Shumlin said now the state’s police can “focus their limited resources” on more addictive drugs. [Times Argus]
7. TWO MEN ARRESTED IN MURDER OF MALCOLM X’S GRANDSON IN MEXICO
Mexican police on Monday arrested two men for last week’s beating death of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X. The suspects, David Hernández Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Pérez de Jesús, were waiters at a Mexico City bar where Shabazz, 28, was killed in an apparent dispute over an excessive ($1,200) bill. Shabazz, who lived an erratic life after setting a fire that killed his grandmother when he was 12, was in Mexico to support a labor activist recently deported from the U.S. [New York Times]
8. JOYCE BROTHERS DIES
Pioneering TV psychologist Joyce Brothers died Monday in New York City. She was 85. On her 1950s TV show, Brothers addressed personal topics that had rarely, if ever, been discussed on television. She published 15 books and wrote a syndicated column that kept her in the public eye for decades. She became a fixture in popular culture with cameo appearances on Happy Days, The Simpsons, and other TV shows, and visited Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show nearly 100 times. [USA Today]
9. POLICE NAME SUSPECT IN NEW ORLEANS PARADE MASS SHOOTING
New Orleans on Monday identified a 19-year-old man, Akein Scott, as the suspect in a shooting that injured 19 people, including two 10-year-old children, at a neighborhood parade on Sunday. As the city’s residents expressed outrage, tips pointing to Scott poured in after police released photos from a surveillance camera showing a young man firing into a crowd. Three of the wounded remain in critical condition, although all were expected to survive. [Reuters]
10. JOLIE REVEALS SHE HAD A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY TO PREVENT CANCER
Angelina Jolie, 37, revealed in The New York Times that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy this year after learning she carries a “faulty” gene that sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The Academy Award-winning actress said her mother died of cancer at age 56, and she wanted to be proactive for the sake of her children. “I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience,” she said. [New York Times]
The most likely character to oppose Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in 2016, Sen. Ron Paul, claims she shouldn’t run because of Benghazi. It’s Amazing just how dense those guys really are. Hillary hasn’t even announced that she’s running at all, but they’re so afraid of her supposed momentum from both Democratic and Republican women voters, that they are trying to stop her before any announcement.
If Rand Paul sees himself as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nominee, it’s clear he’s prepping for Hillary Clinton to be his Democratic opponent.
A full three and a half years out from the next presidential election, the Kentucky senator spoke before the Iowa Republican Party Friday night in a speech that rivaled a campaign rally. He latched onto the GOP’s latest rallying cry against the Obama administration’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead last September, to focus his criticism on the former secretary of state.
“First question to Hillary Clinton: Where in the hell were the Marines?” he asked.
This week saw a resurgence in the GOP-led crusade to surface what some in the party have called a massive “cover-up.” Their efforts were already successful in blocking Obama’s hand-picked nominee to succeed Clinton at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, leaving Clinton herself as next-in-line to be cast with blame.
“It was inexcusable, it was a dereliction of duty, and it should preclude her from holding higher office,” Paul said.
Paul was coy in expounding on his presidential ambitions, telling reporters Friday that while he had not ruled out gunning for the party’s nomination, he would not make a decision until 2014. Clinton has largely avoided addressing 2016 chatter, though a number of polls matching her up with an array of hypothetical opponents show Americans see her as a favorite to lead the Democrats in the next election cycle.
The roughly 500 attendees at the state GOP’s annual Lincoln Dinner seemed keenly aware of Iowa’s electoral influence in the early presidential landscape. “The process of selecting the next leader of the free world begins in Iowa, and it’s already begun,” GOP Rep. Steve King said earlier in the evening.
Paul, who joined the theme of Obamacare-bashing seen throughout the annual event, said that after the Republican loss in the last election—largely due to lacking appeal with minority voters—the party needed to adjust how it treated Hispanic voters and work toward a deal on immigration reform.
“We have to change the way we’re talking about it and who we are if we want attract the Latino vote,” he said.
“If kids think we’re hostile toward them, they’ll never vote,” he added of appealing to young people. ”We’re an increasingly diverse nation, and I think we do need to reach out to other people that aren’t like us, don’t look like us, don’t wear the same clothes, that aren’t exactly who we are. We’re going to have to do something.”
- Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton Is ‘Absolutely’ To Blame For Benghazi (patdollard.com)
- Rand Paul: Benghazi Proves Hillary Clinton Not Fit To Be President (patdollard.com)
- Rand Paul Fires At Hillary Clinton: Benghazi Should ‘Preclude Her From Higher Office’ (mediaite.com)
- Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton does not deserve higher office due to Benghazi (thehill.com)
- Rand Paul: Benghazi Should End Hillary Clinton’s Political Career (sgtreport.com)
On The Daily Show Thursday night, host Jon Stewart and correspondent Larry Wilmore mocked Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) recent speech to black students at Howard University.
Stewart observed that Paul portrayed himself as courageous and heroic for appearing before the highly prestigious students, which was not a particularly dangerous situation.
Stewart also noted that during his speech, Paul condescendingly explained that Republicans had at one point been strong supporters of civil rights for African Americans. But Paul completely ignored the political realignment that occurred in the mid-20th century and the so-called “Southern strategy” used by Republicans.
“You can’t just yada yada yada the last 60 Republican years,” he remarked. “‘A Republican freed the slaves, gave black people the vote, yada yada yada and now all blacks vote Democratic. I mean, what the hell.’”
Employing a relationship metaphor, Wilmore complained that the Republican Party had disappeared for 50 years but now wanted to hook-up with black voters.
“How can we trust that you’ve changed if you’re pretending it was always all good?” he asked, noting a Republican official in Kansas recently used the term “nigger rigging.”
“Black people aren’t coming back until the Republicans admit we aren’t just dealing with ‘accidental racism,’” Wilmore remarked. “Believe me, if the past 50 years had been some of that Brad Paisley, LL Cool J bygones-be-bygones shit, we’d have gone with the tax breaks.”
Watch video, via Comedy Central, below:
- Jon Stewart on the GOP’s New Yada Yada Yada Strategy (theatlanticwire.com)
- Jon Stewart Slams Rand Paul For GOP Black Outreach: ‘The Republicans Left Black, Now They Want To Go Back’ (mediaite.com)
- Jon Stewart Tells Rand Paul He Can’t Just ‘Yada Yada Yada’ The GOP’s Past (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Stewart Rips Paul Over Race ‘History Lesson’ At Howard University (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul’s Speech To African-American Students (businessinsider.com)
- Five Ways Rand Paul Whitesplained Politics At Howard University (kstreet607.com)
- 4.12.13 … Jon Stewart on Rand Paul’s Howard Speech: ‘You Can’t Yadda Yadda Yadda The Last 60 Years’ (VIDEO) (teaguenc.wordpress.com)
Seriously. You don’t come to HOWARD of all places and act like these cats don’t know who founded the NAACP. They live this, son.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisi) April 11, 2013
In my mind, Rand Paul has always been and will always be a tool. I imagined his speech and the HBCU, Howard University in Washington, D.C. would be filled with innuendos, lies and frankly propaganda in an effort to win a few Black GOP voters.
How’s that working out for you Rand?
On Wednesday morning, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave an address at the historically-black Howard University designed to convince black voters to support Republicans. While some of his remarks, most notably on harsh drug laws and other civil liberties issues, were well-received, the majority of the speech consisted in Paul condescendingly explaining American racial history to the audience, occasionally incorrectly, and expecting that it would open black voters’ eyes to the real Republican Party. Here are five moments that encapsulated the general problem with Paul’s speech:
1. The Civil Rights movement is actually the “history of the Republican Party”.The thrust of Paul’s speech was a recapitulation of the history of race and racism and a defense of the Republican record on race (representative line: “The story of emancipation, voting rights and citizenship, from Fredrick Douglass until the modern civil rights era, is in fact the history of the Republican Party.”) The problem was that this speech, ostensibly designed to persuade black voters that the GOP was interested in them, was telling the audience things it already knew. Moreover, the speech didn’t grapple with what happened to make the Democrats the more racially liberal party in the mid-40s or the turn towards racially divisive politics on the Republican right, essentially skipping over the real reason the GOP alienated African-American voters.
2. Assumed the audience didn’t know the history of the NAACP. In one of the most awkward moments of the talk, Paul asked the audience if anyone knew that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had been founded by Republicans. The audience responded with a resounding “yes!”
3. Suggested that African-Americans were “demeaning” the history of sergregation by calling voter ID laws discrimination. When asked how African-Americans could trust the Republican Party given its generalized support fordiscriminatory voter ID laws, Rand Paul told the audience to chill out about the measures, suggesting they were common sense. Paul argued that the view that these laws were an updated version of poll taxes was “[demeaning] the horror” of segregation. NAACP President Benjamin Jealous has said voter ID laws are “pushing more voters out of the ballot box than any point since Jim Crow.”
4. Mangled the name of the first popularly-elected black Senator. In what appeared to be an attempt to demonstrate his familiarity with the subject matter, Paul brought up Senator Edward William Brooke III (a Republican mentioned in the prepared remarks as “the first [elected] black U.S. Senator”). He referred to him, however, as “Edwin Brooks,” a point the audience corrected.
5. Misled about his opposition to the Civil Rights Act. Paul said “I’ve never wavered in my support for civil rights or the Civil Rights Act.” The problem, asMother Jones‘ Adam Serwer pointed out, is that he opposed the law’s ban on discrimination in “places of public accommodation” like businesses, one of its most important planks. As an audience member asking Paul about this issuepointed out, “this was on tape.”
If Paul wants to spearhead Republican overtures to African-Americans, he’s got his work cut out for him. Over 50 percent of black voters in the last election believed Republicans “don’t care at all about civil rights,” while 71 percent thought Democrats were doing strong work in the area. President Obama won 93 percent of black voters.
- Paul: ‘Never wavered’ on Civil Rights (politico.com)
- First Thoughts: Rand Paul’s Howard Speech (theamericanconservative.com)
- Rand Paul Reaches Out to Black Voters at Howard University (abcnews.go.com)
- Rand Paul reaches out at Howard: Can the GOP court blacks without changing policies? (thegrio.com)
- Andrew C (✓): Rand Paul Ducks Record On Civil Rights In Awkward Howard Speech | TPMDC (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
Bill Maher Slams Paul Ryan, Rand Paul For ‘Ruining’ Libertarianism: ‘I Didn’t Go Nuts, This Movement Did’ (VIDEO)
On this week’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher used his final “New Rule” of the night to take on Libertarianism and the conservatives whose obsessions with Ayn Rand have “ruined” the political philosophy for him.
Once a supporter of Libertarianism and its views on government intervention, Maher explained why he thinks politicians such as Paul Ryan and Rand Paul are “intellectually stuck in their teen years” and have turned a once promising movement into a free market-obsessed, “nanny state”-fearing delusion.
Maher went on to defend his new views on Libertarianism by mocking the party’s tendency to reject government services even when they are arguably very useful:
“To everyone who keeps trying to shame me about abandoning my Libertarian moorings, my message is this: I didn’t go nuts, this movement did. Like when you see a stop light, your reaction should be ‘Great, an easy way to ensure we don’t all crash into each other,’ not, ‘How dare the government tell me when I can and cannot go!”
Watch the full segment above.
- Bill Maher on Ayn Rand: ‘It’s all stuff that seems very deep when you’re 19 years old’ (rawstory.com)
- Is Bill Maher Right That “Libertarians Have to Stop Ruining Libertarianism”? (reason.com)
- Bill Maher says the libertarian movement went “nuts” (redalertpolitics.com)
- Bill Maher Just Plain Incorrect (freelegaladvice.wordpress.com)
Beginning in the 1980s, many critics of the American criminal-justice system complained that the penalties for possession of crack cocaine, a drug most often used by poor blacks, were much harsher than the penalties for possession of powder cocaine, whose users were typically affluent whites. The implication was that the harsh anti-crack penalties, initially imposed in the eighties, were rooted at least partially in racism. – Crack vs. Powder Cocaine
For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguing that the war on drugs was sending too many people to prison, wasting too much money, wrenching apart too many families — and all for little or no public benefit.
They were always in the minority. But on Thursday, a sign of a new reality emerged: for the first time in four decades of polling, the Pew Research Center found that more than half of Americans support legalizing marijuana.
That finding is the result of decades of slow demographic changes and cultural evolution that now appears, much like attitudes around marriage equality, to be accelerating. More and more people, including Pat Robertson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), are rejecting the tough-on-crime rhetoric so long directed toward drug use.
But in its latest budget, the White House still requested $25.6 billion to combat drug use just at the federal level, with well more than half of that going toward a strategy centered around law enforcement. The drug war has helped swell America’s prison and jail population to 2.2 million people — meaning that a country with five percent of the world’s population contains one quarter of its prisoners.
A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll found that few Americans think these efforts have been worthwhile. Only 19 percent of respondents to that poll said that the war on drugs has been worth the costs, while 53 percent said it has not been. That discomfort with the drug war was shared by respondents across the political spectrum.
The question now, experts and advocates say, is just how quickly Washington will catch up to public opinion, and what that shift will mean for the war on drugs and the criminal justice system in general.
The answer could have tremendous ramifications abroad – 10,000 people die drug war deaths every year in Mexico – and at home in the United States.
DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY
Much of the movement in public opinion toward marijuana use has been driven not necessarily by the arguments drug reformers have made for years — that it is safer than alcohol, that we waste too much money on incarceration, that drug use is a victimless crime — but by simple generational change, said Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard University.
“Younger generations are much more supportive of having choices, they’ve had much more experience with it, and also in general on many social issues, people are getting more libertarian, more open to less restriction,” he said.
When Blendon studied public opinion on the drug war in the mid-1990s, the results were clear: although the American public believed the drug war was failing, they still thought of using drugs as morally wrong and worthy of punishment.
It was a time when Nancy Reagan’s maxim — just say no to drugs — was still treated as gospel. But two decades later, Blendon said, there are simply too many people who have tried marijuana themselves to believe in that.
According to the Pew survey, 48 percent of Americans say they have smoked weed themselves, up 10 percent from a decade ago. Fifty percent of Americans, meanwhile, say smoking marijuana is not a moral issue, compared to 32 percent who believe that it is. That’s a mirror image of the 50 percent moral opposition and 35 percent indifference Pew found just seven years ago.
The shift has come fast, Pew found. In just the past three years, pro-legalization sentiment has spiked 10 percent. And a relatively new phenomenon has emerged: it’s not just liberals or libertarians speaking out. Increasingly, it is the names most identified with conservatism.
- Drug War Reform Webinars – Register Today! (txwclp.org)
- View: Marijuana Won the War on Drugs (drudge.com)
- Bigger busts mean drug war is failing (blogs.vancouversun.com)
- Brad Pitt: America’s war on drugs is a charade, and a failure (guardian.co.uk)
- Marijuana Has Won The War On Drugs (dailyqueernews.wordpress.com)
- There is a reason why we have a war on drugs and why we cannot win it… ” HealthThinkShop (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Jonathan Green | Drug Justice (tuftsdaily.com)
- War on Drugs Won By Marijuana? Business Insider Says Yes (sfist.com)