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Dems Use Pot To Get Out The Youth Vote

From the Wall Street Journal:

Democrats Look to Cultivate Pot Vote in 2012

Party Considers Legalization Efforts in Swing States Amid Signs California Measure Is Exciting Young, Liberal Voters

By PETER WALLSTEN
October 6, 2010

Democratic strategists are studying a California marijuana-legalization initiative to see if similar ballot measures could energize young, liberal voters in swing states for the 2012 presidential election.

Some pollsters and party officials say Democratic candidates in California are benefiting from a surge in enthusiasm among young voters eager to back Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana in certain quantities and permit local governments to regulate and tax it.

Party strategists and marijuana-legalization advocates are discussing whether to push for similar ballot questions in 2012 in Colorado and Nevada—both expected to be crucial to President Barack Obama’s re-election—and Washington state, which will have races for governor and seats in both houses of Congress.

Already, a coalition of Democratic-leaning groups has conducted a poll in Colorado and Washington to test the power of marijuana measures to drive voter turnout…

Did you ever think you would live to see such a thing? In a sane world this would be universally condemned as the worst kind of dangerous pandering. But this is the Golden Age Of Obama – the New Normal – or New NORML.

Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster, conducted a survey in late August to test the effect of the California measure on voter turnout. In her poll, a quarter of Democrats said they were "extremely interested" in voting in this year’s elections for governor and senator. When told about the marijuana measure, the number jumped to 38%, she said. She found no effect on Republican turnout.

"Moving forward, these kinds of initiatives could have a coattail effect for Democratic candidates," she said. She declined to say who hired her to test on the marijuana issue, saying just that it was a pro-Democratic group…

Tom Jensen, polling director for [PUBLIC POLICY POLLING], said the results suggest the marijuana initiative is driving voter interest among those under 30. He said the interest may be boosting Democratic candidates, particularly Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), who has built a lead over GOP challenger Carly Fiorina recently

We knew there had to be some explanation.

Once again Mr. Soros says "jump" and his Democrat lackeys say, "how high, man?"

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Dems Use Pot To Get Out The Youth Vote”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Boy! Talk about Chickens Into Every Kind of Pot!

  2. Perhaps this is jumping the shark a little..

    IF they remember what day the vote is.. Pass the Cheetos.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    I hope it passes only because it will help prove that all the “good” things promised will not happen and all the bad things will.

  4. Petronius says:

    SG : “Did you ever think you would live to see such a thing?”

    From time to time over the course of the last two years I have had the eerie feeling that I am a character living through Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, “Atlas Shrugged.”

    This is one of those times.

  5. JS says:

    The fact is most pot smokers walk around day to day with an ounce or less of pot on them. I do not but I know friends who do. Legalizing possession is just one more step in ending the insane “War on Drugs” that Nixon started. It has cost billions and done nothing to end the supply nor the demand for drugs. What it has done is constantly erode our rights and freedoms because of the state and federal government’s zeal to persecute a “crime” that harms no one but the individual doing the drugs. And now the government can GPS track my car, invade my property, or snoop on me electronically legally because they once used it to catch a pot head. great. Thanks.

    We already have laws to prosecute people who are “Under the Influence” when they damage property, harm individuals, or drive a car, carry a gun, or just generally being annoying in public. Lets enforce those laws and let the pot smokers get high and ruin their lives in private. I could care less.

    And I agree, most pot heads can barely remember election day let alone who they should be voting for if they show up. If the Dems think a bunch of pot heads are going to save them come Nov 2nd it only shows how desperate they really are, otherwise they would have pushed this agenda long ago.

    • Chase says:

      The War on Drugs is a moral issue, not a law enforcement or economic one.

      There is no truth to the worn out “it does no harm to others” rationalization.

      If you do drugs in the home, beat your spouse, abuse your children, addict oneself to porn, or devolve to homosexual or other deviant behaviors, it DOES impact the outside world. The attitudes, perspectives, abhorrance, and discipline one engenders, entertains, or tolerates in private certainly do go with one into the classroom, the workplace, the voting booth, and the streets. To say they are separable and non-causal is ludicrous.

      We already have enough abuse, broken families, lost work, damaged careers, and crimes committed thru abuse of alcohol, and its limitless supply, clever advertising, and glamorization and mainstreaming. Why do we want to condone, allow, or perpetuate more ‘zoning out’ and escaping the norms of life, now denigrated as “stress.” We have so many people already clueless as to Obamacare, local council elections, school board moves, union travesties due to American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Housewives of…., the NFL and fantasy leagues, so what is the legitimate reason for legalization of marijuana?

      We believe that one more life lost on the streets is worth it? How desensitized has video game killing made us? Won’t the costs to employers with frequent and random testing of forklift operators, bus drivers, school teachers, health care professionals, and taxi drivers equal or exceed the costs of current enforcement?

      More importantly, how many kids are going to gravitate away from home, into the clutches of who know what, due to their parents being legally zoned out? Love goes cold, people don’t care, homework goes unmonitored, troubles aren’t faced – we all just forget troubles and their resolution and instead legally relax, forget, forgo, and wow, man, that’s some good stuff…..

      No thanks. No thanks for me and mine, and no thanks for my neighbors, and those who get behind the wheel of cars, planes, forklifts, trucks, busses, or nuclear power plants.

      There is nothing done in private that does not rear its influence in public. That is dead wrong.

    • Mithrandir says:

      ….and discipline one engenders, entertains, or tolerates in private certainly do go with one into the classroom, the workplace, the voting booth, and the streets. To say they are separable and non-causal is ludicrous.

      This is EXACTLY the same nanny-state argument that got us alcohol prohibition, and the lawyer-nanny state we have now. People are ONLY punishable for the negative actions they cause OTHERS, not themselves. By your logic, we should just ban suicide, and make the punishment severe so that no one does it.

      You can drink alcohol in your home, but as soon as you get behind the wheel, or the forklift, you are liable. I’m telling ya, if it isn’t left-wing fascism it’s right-wing fascism…..cherry-picking what behaviors are and are not acceptable. Time to STRICTLY ENFORCE the Constitution to reign-in nannying citizens, activist groups, lawyers, and politicians, from peeking through my window to see what I am doing.

  6. oldpuppydixie says:

    Democrats can energize their base very quickly and very simply…just threaten to use the lame duck session to REPEAL ALL federal give away, transfer and welfare programs if democrats have not maintained the majority in both houses. 100% of blacks and latinos will vote on November 2nd…probably numerous times.

  7. Like, FAR OUT, Man!

    Uh… like, what was we talking about again??

    I can’t remember how to get to the polls….

    • preparing4theworst says:

      Hi I am a sober SEIU member and I will help you get to the polls AND help you fill out your ballot just so you will not lose your hemp allotment…..could it happen? I think so, however if I am a sober conservative and make the same offer just sit back and watch the rightous outrage hit the fan…..

  8. Papa Louie says:

    If this works to get out the liberal vote, what will democrats use to get their voters out next time? Legalized prostitution? Free abortions? Free flag burning kits? When a political party is willing to destroy the country to maintain their power, there is no bottom to how far they can sink.

  9. GetBackJack says:

    This just means the Democratic Party has manipulated the world drug cartel scene in a Hostile Takeover Bid.

    Like Russia tried to do with the opium crops in Afghanistan, like Washington insiders tried to do with Afghanistan opium, like Hezbollah and other radical Islamic fronts succeeded in doing to the Bekka Valley (an unstable region means no central police force capable of telling you No); like the fledgling black ops of our recently minted Intelligence community did in the Shan Mountains cir. 1948. As Cocoa-Communists did throughout central America in the 80s …. etc etc etc.

    ALWAYS follow the money.

    Hemp? yes.
    THC … you have to be a dope to do dope.

  10. Javert says:

    Most of the “potheads” I know vote republican. I hope they all turn out to vote.

  11. proreason says:

    Must see FUTV.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/06/cnn-poll-reid-down-to-40/

    Check out the video. It’s a 2 minute ad for Repubs.

    But if you are a big fan of Obamy, umemployment and Transformation, maybe you shouldn’t watch.

  12. Mithrandir says:

    Republicans (supposedly Libertarians) had the opportunity to drop marijuana prosecutions, exorbitant court costs, probation, oh AND….. RUINING THE LIVES OF POT SMOKERS FOREVER! (trying getting a work Visa in another country or a job in America, with a drug charge on your record).

    By any means necessary, the war on pot has to end, period. This has gone on long enough (and billions of dollars supporting jack-booted organizations to sniff out pot growers/smokers/dealers) What you do to your body is your own business and your own consequences.

    I (almost) would vote for a Democrat just to rid our society of this NON-CRIME, once and for all.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      What you do to your body is your own business and your own consequences….Have YOU ever responded to a multi-vehicle crash that was caused by one carload of people both drinking AND smoking pot? I have. My own personal opinon is that if those little crosses by the road were put there to remember a driver that died under the influence they should be made of beer cans or liquor bottles. You say there will be laws against the use of pot and driving? I say big deal THEY DON’T WORK NOW, THEY WON’T WORK LATER! I can hear the defendants in court now…”but dude, I don’t know what happened, so I can’t be guilty…”. These folks may have the idea that they have the freedom to consume whatever they want, BUT they DO NOT have the freedom to put others in jepardy in the exercise of that freedom. It just gets too ugly too fast and then someone dies.

    • Mithrandir says:

      We can’t eliminate ALL actions that lead to negative consequences. Once you go down that slippery road, NO ONE will be able to do anything or say anything, less it injures someone physically or mentally.

      Disagree: people DO HAVE THE FREEDOM to put others in jeopardy. Every hour of every day, it’s called free will. The punishment of their actions is a reminder to everyone else not to repeat those actions. To micromanage human behavior is a step towards “pre-crime” and another jack-booted step forward for the fascist police state to nanny humanity to death. If that happens, we should just step aside, and allow George Orwell’s 1984 to establish itself, so the government can approve all of our actions and thoughts for us.

      God bless….

  13. Mae says:

    It all seems so 1960’s. The last person I knew who smoked pot lost a very well paid driving job when he tested positive. He’s been working at barely more than minimum wage for years now. Yeah, pot is such a boon to society, economic growth, stability and decent living.

  14. wardmama4 says:

    Aren’t these the same people who want to ban cigarettes? The hypocrisy and duplicitousness is becoming the only transparent thing about the Democrats any more.

    Look to Amsterdam as to how successful this would be – they are/have closed their ‘pot cafes’ because it did nothing toward reducing crime & all the other insane liberal claims that legalizing it would do – It doesn’t work – which should be the tag line to all things liberal, socialist, progressive, environmental and other such Leftist nonsense.

    Like the War on Poverty, the Public Educational system – the War on Drugs was not about a solution – it was about a way to fund the Leftist ideas and ensconce the liberals into seats of power (and on the taxpayers dime). They are utter failures and should be cut 100% out of the US budget tomorrow. America and the World would be better off – and in terms of reality – it would be a start to the return of government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    Remember (which pot smokers can’t) in NOvember – Take Back America.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel


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