I normally more or less ignore whatever shenanigans that specific members of the Online Left get up to – you run your plays against the rival team, not their cheerleaders – but this news from Chris Good is too entertaining to pass up.
Jane Hamsher, the online progressive maven who heads the influential blog Firedoglake and its accompanying activist/political arm, Firedoglake (FDL) Action, is entering new territory today: she’s getting into the marijuana legalization game.
[Hs launching a $500,000 (according to her estimate) coordinated campaign to support marijuana legalization on the whole and to influence a handful of propositions on ballots this November–California’s Prop. 19, which would allow counties to legalize and tax marijuana within certain guidelines plus medical marijuana initiatives in Colorado, Arizona, and South Dakota.
…which is five hundred grand’s worth of money – and more importantly, a good deal of time, energy, and activism – that will now not be spent preserving Democratic gains in the Midwest, South, and Northeast. Not that the reassigned resources would have made all that much difference in practical terms, but it’s nice to have the tacit agreement that the Left would be wise to have lowered expectations this election cycle.
PS: Pot legalization? These days, I mostly don’t care. Keep it out of the hands of kids, out of the military (Bob Heinlein noted once that it’s much easier to hide a stash of pot than a case of beer), and come down as hard on people who drive while stoned as we do on DUIs, and my major objections are answered. Not that it’ll ever happen under this administration, of course: Obama picking long-time War on Some Drugs supporter Joe Biden for Vice President was, as they say, diagnostic in that regard.