President Obama really screwed things up with a large swath of his left-side base.

Many Latinos aren't happy with his lack of immigration reform. After spearheading big-bank bailouts he's not exactly the poster child for the Occupy movement. And forget about marijuana supporters.

They're so pissed off at his Justice Department crackdown on pot dispensaries that they might just embrace the enemy. And Herman Cain be thy name:

While Cain the presidential candidate is pretty far right (he has proposed electrifying the border fence and taxing the working and middle class at a much greater rate with his “9-9-9” plan), he's sympatico with the bud nation, apparently.

Cain's cool with it.

Cain's cool with it.

He argues it's a states' rights issue. (And, to be fair, being a pizza magnate would probably make you more sympathetic to many of those late-night delivery clients whose homes seem to always have a skunky smell. Right?).

This is what Cain said a campaign stop in Iowa this week (via MSNBC).

If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that's a state's right. Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these issues — most of them belong at the state, because when you do something federally … you try to force one-size-fits-all.

And if it's one thing Cain has learned during his years as head of the National Restaurant Association, it's that one size does not fit all! (Pa-dum-pum. Way to apply your life experience to federal policy, Herman).

Anyway, pot supporters are, as they say, cautiously optimistic. Tom Angell, media relations director of the California-based group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition seemed hopeful about Cain, but noted to the Weekly

Then again, candidates Bush and Obama said basically the same thing …


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