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  • Obama’s evolution: publicly supporting positions he already privately held.

I read in the papers that President Obama says he’s thinking about relaxing federal laws against marijuana.

Looks like we got another political evolution on the way.

A political evolution is when politicians—generally, liberal Democrats—publicly move to a position they already privately held once it’s politically safe to do so.

That is, now that public opinion polls show a majority of voters—or close to a majority—have already taken that stance, thanks to the drum pounding of activists who aren’t afraid to take a stand when it’s unpopular.

It’s called standing up for what you believe in.