Medical Marijuana

Pot Activist Helps Illustrate the Limits of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Political Courage

Spoiler: It's not very high.

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"The polls say what? Oh dear."
Credit: Medill DC / photo on flickr

This morning Politico posted a piece about Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's ambitions for a run for a U.S. Senate seat representing Florida. The problem, it seems, is that she is a nanny state drug warrior from the left. She publicly opposed Florida's ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana. Politico reported that several medical marijuana and drug decriminalization activist groups promised to go after her if she considered running for Sen. Marco Rubio's seat, should he decide to run for president:

Last year, Wasserman Schultz ran afoul of one major Florida donor, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, after she issued a statement criticizing the medical marijuana initiative he helped draft and fund with about $4 million of his own money through his People United political group.

"Other states have shown that lax oversight and ease of access to prescriptions can lead to abuse, fraud, and accidents," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement that likened medical marijuana dispensaries to Oxycontin "pill mills" — a GOP talking point.

Morgan reacted furiously, saying Wasserman Schultz's decision to trash his amendment was an example of why she's "despised" in top Democratic circles.

What a difference a—well, just a couple of hours actually—makes. Marc Caputo at Politico just posted a new item about her situation and her "position" on marijuana and it's absolutely hilarious:

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. Morgan declined the offer with a sharp email reply sent to a go-between, who described the congresswoman as being in a "tizzy."

"No," Morgan responded. "She is a bully. I beat bullies up for a living."

Wasserman Schultz declined to comment.

The ballot initiative in question, a constitutional amendment, actually, just barely failed last fall. It got a majority vote of support, but a 60 percent threshold was required to pass, and it missed by just a couple of percentage points. 

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    1. The likeness is striking.

    2. She is one of the homeliest women in politics today, which is saying a lot.

      1. She makes hillary Clinton look, um… less unattractive.

      2. And she’s just as ugly on the inside…

  1. “No,” Morgan responded. “She is a bully. I beat bullies up for a living.”

    Shit, why isn’t *this* guy running for Senate? He’s already got the best campaign slogan ever.

    1. He’s an ambulance chasing scumbag. This is the first time I’ve heard him say something I agree with.

  2. Who stole Willie Wonka’s hat? Give it back before he cries.

    1. +1 internetz

    2. I cannot stop laughing at this. Poor Gene Wilder…

  3. Debbie WS continues to be a stupid, odious cunt. Who still manages to get elected.

    What a cuntrey.

    1. That could have actually been the whole story.

  4. At least leftists are socially liberal, to balance out SoCons like Dana Rohrenbacher (sp?), whose rider was meant to exempt state-legal medical MJ operations from federal supervision.

  5. You do realize they’re all drug warriors, right? Left or right. All of them. It’s only a matter of degrees.

    1. No one here is supporting the right wing drug warrior. Not every story needs to have an attachment of “the other side is shit, too.” We know that already.

  6. OT =

    They’ve arrested the ‘las vegas road rage-shooter’…

    …and its just who you thought = it wuz Ronny Dobbs

    In case you don’t know the reference

    1. I thought that my home was my castle
      With no one scrutinizing me
      No pigs, no lying bitch, no hassle
      Y’all are bruatlizing me

      Can’t a man not drink his beer in silence?
      Can’t a man not crudely lie and scream?
      Can’t a man not control his bitch with violence?
      Y’all are brutalizing me
      Y’all are brutalizing me.

  7. re: Little Debbie’s ‘Damage Control’ tactics

    You’d think someone who “does politics” for a living might think that openly ‘offering to change your position in exchange for (assumed financial) support’ might actually *cause* more damage than it actually ameliorates.

    You’d think. But then, that would be assuming that politicians aren’t complete fucking idiots living in a bubble-world with zero actual grip on reality.

    The only thing more pathetic than the politicians are the sycophant partians willing to change their diapers, no matter how sodden. The reaction from the Left to blatant corruption and dishonesty in their own ranks is a predictable bleating of, “BUT THE KOCHS!!!”

    1. It does seem like an odd political move. Wouldn’t it make more sense to meet privately with the guy, and then announce you’ve changed your mind?

      1. ” Wouldn’t it make more sense “

        You’d think.

        But then, you’d have to assume these people aren’t power-drunk scumbags who assume their petty offers will be gladly and enthusiastically accepted by the ‘little people’

        1. The drooling TEAM mongoloids that support her will excuse her hypocrisy, if they even find out about it.

          She may be a soulless suck monster, but she’s *their* soulless suck monster.

        2. Morgan & Morgan (..for the people) aren’t exactly ‘small’ in FL..

          1. That may be so.

            She certainly made the mistake of treating them like it.

            1. “..after she issued a statement criticizing the medical marijuana initiative he helped draft and fund with about $4 million of his own money through his People United political group.”

              Oh yeah, she fucked up and she knows it. Running afoul of the trial lawyers in FL can be a political death sentence for a democrat. She’ll slip on her ass-kissin’ boots and wade a little further into that river of shit, if she thinks she can walk it back. It will cost her dearly to find her way back into their good graces, and cheap words and ‘maybes’ aint gonna cut it..

  8. Why did they make that one Muppet out of leather?

    1. She’s getting ready to molt. That’s why the skin is hanging loosely like that.

    2. I blew a snot bubble.

      You might have topped Almighty JB

      1. No way. His is way better. Mine is just a half-assed Simpsons reference.

  9. She looks pretty stoned in that pic.

    1. She looks like she just finished a good cry.

    2. Yes, but ISIS didn’t finish the job.

    3. I’m thinking cokehead, actually.

      -jcr

  10. For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death. Its critical that Marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 immediately. Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President make it happen — to protect the health and safety of Americans that need Medical Marijuana. Have everyone else you know call them too, and ask them to have their friends do the same thing.

    1. trust him hes a scientist!

  11. I’ve finally informed that – immediately upon retirement in a few years, Ima start smoking pot again. Which means growing it, cause I ain’t paying MONEY for it.

    I’m hopeful the laws will have come far enough that I can enjoy my Twilight Years in blissful, thirsty, not-getting-fucked-with, stoned bliss.

    But – prolly not gonna go like that. Better not get my hopes up…

    1. sorry – “informed my wife” – that Percocet must be kicking in finally…

    2. I also recommend some nice breadseed poppies for the flowerbeds. Beautiful and highly functional for libertarian stoners (or straight-laced types who don’t want to die in pain).

  12. “No,” Morgan responded. “She is a bully. I beat bullies up for a living.”

    If that’s not a 100% accurate account of what being a trial lawyer is about, I don’t know what is.

  13. This morning Politico posted a piece about Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ambitions for a run for a U.S. Senate seat representing Florida.

    She’ll have to mizzled the old-fart voting populace, but I have the feeling she’s up for it.

  14. Wasserman Schultz declined to comment.

    Best news I’ve heard all day …

  15. She has a very punchable face (not that I’d ever strike a woman, in her case let’s call it a fantasy).

    1. The Germans have a word for this: Backpfeifengesicht.

      My German wife tells me that there is no formal translation, but it means “a face in need of a fist.” Got to love some of the foreign words/phrases that just don’t have a corresponding English equivalent…

      1. Those Germans have a word for everything!

        1. Because if there is something they don’t have a word for, they will just mash some other words together to make one.

          1. My wife was actually sad this year when they officially got rid of their longest word, Rindfleischetikettierungs ?berwachungsaufgaben?bertragungsgesetz (I had to add a space in the middle because Reason has a limit on word sizes of 50 characters), which apparently is a law about testing beef.

  16. Politicians will do or say whatever you want, as long as the money’s there. Who knew?

  17. “Democrats are sexy!”

    Actual bumper sticker.

  18. Debbie Wassername Schmutz is the soul and intellect of the Democrat party.

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