- Shot: “Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office offered to change her position on medical marijuana if a major Florida donor recanted his withering criticism of her, according to emails obtained by POLITICO. The proposal to Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan was straightforward: retract critical statements he made to a reporter in return for Wasserman Schultz publicly backing his cannabis initiative that she had trashed just months earlier.”
- Chaser: “The free-market-promoting Competitive Enterprise Institute receives funding from the drug lobby. When an issue arises where the drug lobby’s position is at odds with the Institute’s stated principles of free enterprise, the Institute sides with free enterprise instead of with their donor. …It says something about the way the Left works, perhaps, that a liberal magazine [Mother Jones] finds this odd.”
Timothy Carney went on to note that, at both of the think tanks that he worked at, both organizations were “very clear that their donors don’t get to influence the policies advocated by scholars. That’s the way any reputable think tank works. [Stephanie] Mencimer [the author of the Mother Jones piece] seems to think there’s something wrong with this.” Well, of course Stephanie Mencimer would think that there’s something wrong with this! Look at the examples that are most immediate to her! The DNC chair herself was ready to flip on an issue, if that’s what it took to keep her job – and make no mistake, this is about Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s job. After the utter debacle of 2014 the woman’s once-bright political career is in serious danger. But a Senate bid could repair her fortunes – if she won.
Against all of that, what’s a piddling little position on medical pot?
PS: Sweet, merciful God: I might not have been able to process this, if it had happened.
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) February 21, 2015
The universe would not have been able to sustain that much schadenfreude.
*There are others, of course. So many, many others…