National Review and Prop 19

prop-19 Here’s an odd statement from Andrew Sullivan:

A search for a single mention of Prop 19 in today’s National Review found only this measured piece by Reihan, one of our most illustrious Dish alums. Buckley’s days truly are over at his magazine, aren’t they?

I know for a fact that Andrew linked to Kevin Williamson’s post the other day at The Corner that I linked to challenging opponents of Prop 19 on their use of wild propaganda. And I also linked to this excellent anti-prohibition piece at National Review by Conrad Black, which went into great detail on the disaster that is the war on marijuana.

A quick search of The American Prospect for Prop 19 revealed absolutely zero mentions of the marijuana initiative. I could have missed something, but after a couple of minutes, National Review at least seemed to have more discussion of marijuana prohibition than The American Prospect. (Mother Jones, largely thanks to Kevin Drum’s blog, does much better on this score.)

Meanwhile, Weekly Standard has a long piece by Matt Labash on medical marijuana in Michigan. It’s a critical piece, but at least gives the issue an in-depth treatment. In other words, I think conservatives and conservative publications are taking the issue seriously.

And, as Thoreau noted earlier this week, the best resources on drug prohibition still come out of Cato – not liberal think tanks or publications.

So I guess I’m just not sure what Sullivan’s point is. I’m well aware that outside of publications such as National Review, the war on drugs/marijuana is still fairly important for many conservatives – though that is certainly changing. But as far as I can tell, the magazine is still publishing mostly anti-prohibition material. Buckley’s days at the magazine may be over for other reasons, but on the issue of marijuana I think he would be perfectly content.

Update. Andrew has stumbled across the Black piece.

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8 thoughts on “National Review and Prop 19

  1. Yeah, considering that conservatism is the stronghold of pot prohibition I dare say Sullivan should just be thanking his lucky stars that NRO is sitting mute on the issue rather than issuing a broadside against the proposition. Expecting them to embrace a proposition that many of their base dislikes seems a bridge too far.
    Besides, that’s how most of these kinds of things are won. Not in triumphant conversions and mea culpas but in the silent (sometimes sullen) acquiescence of the former opponents.

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    • @North,
      Bullshit:
      Brown was in Monterey on Tuesday to speak at the California District Attorneys Association Conference, and said legalizing marijuana would open the flood gates for the ruthless and deadly Mexican drug cartels.

      “Every year we get more and more marijuana and every year we find more guys with AK-47?s coming out of Mexico going into forests and growing more and more dangerous and losing control,” Brown said
      Your precious democratic party is full of drug warriors from Obama to Biden to Rangel to Boxer…..etc……add Conway to that.
      Some of our “best” drug laws were written by democrats.

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      • @cfpete, At every level of government it is much easier to move Democrats than Republicans on the issue. Democrats are still way behind the curve from a common sense perspective, but barring a hostile takeover of the GOP by libertarian leaning conservatives, Dems are the anti-prohibition party of the future.

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    • @North,
      a portion of the conservative base may be the last stronghold of prohibition. But NR has been pro-legalization since the 70s, and despite Sullivan’s allegations, remains so. The current editor recently restated the magazine’s support for marijuana legalization. There may be some posters on The Corner who oppose legalization, but both the official editorial position and the majority of the writers are pro.

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