What a sad – and ultimately selfish and self-destructive – thing for Californians to vote down. Kevin Williamson says that along with the Harry Reid victory, this was the most depressing moment in the election:
You’d think a state that just reelected Jerry Brown would be ready to go in whole-hog on the pot-legalization thing, but, no.
Backers of the initiative said their polls showed it behind but within the margin of error right up until Election Day, but with support waning. Why? Maybe it’s a casualty of the Age of Austerity, though California certainly could have chosen more apt targets: Senator Boxer, for instance.
So California can go scraping around looking for money to interdict, try and lock up a bunch of harmless marijuana smokers, and continue for the indefinite future to needlessly impose politics on what should be a private matter.
Quite a midterm election all around. I certainly can’t recall any like it – even the 2006 Democratic takeover of Congress paled in comparison to the heat generated by this Republican sweep. And yet, amidst all of this, Prop 19 fails by double digits. I just don’t understand this country sometimes.