Well, it’s official. Governor Gregoire has vetoed much of the medical marijuana bill, leaving patients and providers across the state at greater risk of arrest and with less access to the medicine that their doctors have authorized them to have. To call this a failure of leadership is an understatement. To knowingly lie in order to promote bad policy is a failure far greater than that of mere leadership. It’s a failure of character and integrity.
I used to be somewhat regretful over my vote for Dino Rossi in 2004. But as clownish and smarmy as Dino Rossi is, having him serve a term as governor would have been a good wake-up call for the progressives in this state. What we’ve just seen from Governor Gregoire is what happens when you blindly support the candidate from your party no matter how incompetent they are. I’m rather convinced at this point that we’d be in a lot better shape on a variety of issues in this state – from education to health care to transportation to tax policy – if Rossi had won that razor-thin election in 2004 and Democrats had a chance to do some soul-searching and run someone who had potential to be a good governor in 2008 (when it was a much easier go for Democrats everywhere).