This really is turning out to be a fascinating election season. I'm paraphrasing a bit, but The Liberals over at Alternet seem to be a little worried that one of Obama's broken promises from the last election might loose him this election. The theory goes that those who prefer decriminalizing marijuana may sway their votes away from Obama towards Gary Johnson. You see, despite promising not to, Obama has allowed the DOJ and DEA to raid and prosecute legally operating medical marijuana dispensaries across the country. Since Colorado is among the fastest growing legal medical marijuana markets and a tightly contested swing state, Gary Johnson might benefit from the voter sentiment in favor of the "regulate is like alcohol" ballot initiative. I think might be a bit of a stretch, but if you believe the polls, a few percentage points could statistically make or break Obama's re-election.
Here in the center of the Intermountain West, we have polls showing a nail-bitingly close race between the Democratic and Republican nominees for president. We have a chief election official, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has tried both to engage in mass voter purges and to block the mailing of ballots to eligible voters , all while openly saying a “good election” is one in which “Republicans win.”
On the ballot, we also have a headline-grabbing ballot initiative about marijuana legalization and a popular former two-term governor of a neighboring state, Gary Johnson, running a Libertarian Party presidential candidacy.