“It seems ludicrous that a state referendum on marijuana could influence who gets the codes to America’s nuclear weapons next Jan. 20,” suggests New Republic columnist Walter Shapiro. But “that’s the hallucinogenic wonder of American politics – anything can happen, and all too frequently does.”
Still, if Romney loses Ohio, states like Colorado and New Hampshire could become vital to any chance of winning for the former Massachusetts governor. At first glance – and going by Washington political wisdom – it’s likely that pot smokers or their sympathizers are liberal Democrats, and a sure thing to check Obama’s name on the ballot.
Moreover, given that Republicans have tried to sideline Johnson, it seems the GOP may have the most to lose from the confluence of pot rhetoric in the Mile High City and beyond.
“Around the country, Republican operatives have been making moves to keep Mr. Johnson from becoming their version of Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate whose relatively modest support cut into Al Gore’s 2000 vote arguably enough to help hand the decisive states of Ohio and Florida to George W. Bush,” writes The New York Times.