Republicans in the New York State Senate are caught between a rock and a hard place: the Conservative Party, representing the Teahadi wing of the GOP, won’t let them vote for gay marriage, but even in conservative districts voting against it is a losing issue and they’re worried about losing their majority. Sometimes the wrong side of history is an uncomfortable place to be.
We’re likely to see the same pattern play itself out on liberalizing the cannabis laws; as it happens, I’m not a fan of flat-out legalization, but by the end of this decade generational change will make it a clear political winner over the status quo, and the drug warriors are still too powerful to allow any early move to a sensible compromise such as legalization without commercialization. In the meantime, cannabis, along with gay rights, looks like an increasing problem for Republicans.
Footnote Of course, the glibertarian blogosphere will simply ignore the fact that their favorite politicians are against individual liberty with respect to sex and drugs. Given a choice between capitalism and freedom, they’ll take capitalism, in the sense of low tax rates on high incomes. Feh.