What If Obama Supported Legalization?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 5 2012 @ 10:22am


Pareene imagines the consequences:

I think when the president takes a position on an issue that was not formerly particularly "partisan," it creates partisan opposition to his position. President Obama coming out in favor of drug legalization could cause Republicans — a small number of whom have lately been sounding marginally more reasonable on the issue — to fall back in love with the drug war. But if Obama’s support for gay marriage led to the crumbling of apparently weak black opposition, as it appears to have done in Maryland, it would likely have a similar effect if he ever actually voiced support for the legalization of a harmless drug he enjoyed himself on many occasions with no adverse consequences.