Gov. Nathan Deal has found an unlikely ally in his push to refigure who we lock up in Georgia: The Rev. Pat Robertson, who now backs the legalization of marijuana. From the New York Times:
“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview …. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”
Mr. Robertson’s remarks echoed statements he made last week on “The 700 Club,” the signature program of his Christian Broadcasting Network, and other comments he made in 2010. While those earlier remarks were largely dismissed by his followers, Mr. Robertson has now apparently fully embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana, arguing that it is a way to bring down soaring rates of incarceration and reduce the social and financial costs.
“I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up,” he said.
Here’s a YouTube clip of remarks Robertson made along the same line last year, caught by CNN:
Does this mean Mitt Romney supporters have to sit in the end zone? From today’s Washington Post:
Romney said Thursday that he has become an “unofficial Southerner. I’m learning to say ‘y’all,’ and I like grits.” But he conceded that he was in for a tough slog next week. “I realize it is a bit of an away game,” Romney said. “I’m confident we’re going to get some delegates. That, of course, is what this is all about.”
A notable picture of Newt and Callista Gingrich dancing at 2 a.m. Thursday in a Mississippi hotel lobby, from the New York Times:
Mr. Gingrich, alternately rotating in early “American Bandstand” style and twirling his wife, Callista, unwound for an hour or so after a long day on the campaign trail. They danced to “All My Loving” by the Beatles, “California Girls” by the Beach Boys and, by special request, Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” which could be a defiant theme song for Mr. Gingrich after the flak he has caught for calling to revive the moon program.
Some observers mused that with the unusually intimate display, the candidate and his staff seemed to be celebrating in a nostalgic way a possible end to their long, winding journey.
Denis O’Hayer at WABE (90.1FM) has posted a darned good interview with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on the decision of Republican colleague Olympia Snowe, one of Congress’s rare moderates, not to seek another term. Said Isakson:
”I do think that the 24-hour news cycle, the cable shows on TV, both the shows on the left and the shows on the right, and some of the consultants that are out there making a living – they make a living off of demonizing the other side. And many times they make a living by making contentious primaries, and contentious allegations.
“Part of the process is fed by some parts of the media. I know we’re on public radio here, and public radio tries to do a balance…. But the for-profit shows that you see on cable and a lot of them on radio, both Republican-leaning and Democrat-leaning, generally have no quarter for the middle.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the charge from U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur, who said that the Family Research Council had organized a “prayer vigil” to encourage people not to buy Girl Scout cookies.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider