Memo to Don Bessee: “Madame Pantsuits” beats Trump in marijuana scorecard

Our local anti-marijuana activist Don Bessee is one of the nastiest local activists around — like so many others on our local hard right. He often attacks the person, rather than their idea.

Bessee repeatedly refers to former U.S. Senator, former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as “Madame Pantsuits” on the hard-right blogs, such as “Rebane’s Ruminations.” Don makes other nasty personal references to local progressives. 

“Madame Pantsuit” is a pejorative, immature and sexist reference to the former Secretary of State about her appearance. Don doesn’t belong in a community leader role.

Yet Bessee thrusts himself into the local spotlight as a self-appointed local spokesman for “Smart Approaches to Marijuana,” opposing legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. He shows up at county Board of Supervisors meetings and writes Other Voices to lambast the “other side.”

Well here’s some news for Don: “Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, picked up a “B-” from SAM on a “marijuana scorecard” while Donald Trump, a leading Republican contender and businessman, received a “C+.” The rankings are here.

“Clinton was in the middle of the pack because she doesn’t support marijuana legalization but would support states ‘experimenting’ with legalization, according to the group,” Masslive.com reports. “She has expressed reservations about ‘medical’ marijuana, but does support overhaul of the criminal justice system to avoid incarcerating low-level drug users, and supports treatment-based approach to addiction issues,’ the group added.”

As for Trump, SAM states: “Mr. Trump opposes legalization of marijuana, but would allow states to legalize its use. He supports “medical” marijuana programs. He has not articulated a position on sentencing issues concerning marijuana possession and use.”

Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Ben Carson all got “A’s,” according to SAM, but none of them are in the race anymore.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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7 Responses to Memo to Don Bessee: “Madame Pantsuits” beats Trump in marijuana scorecard

  1. Annie Fox says:

    Excellent article Jeff

  2. jeffpelline says:

    Bessee writes on Rebane’s blog: “ITS MADAM LIAR LIAR PANTSUITS ON FIRE!”
    No Don, you often just remark with the pejorative “Madam Pantsuit.” Period. Check out the link for your self.
    Then Don writes: “When he gets in a lather and avoids the content, I know I hit the mark with the editorial.”
    No, Don, it means you are a jerk and unfit to speak for the community. One of the drawback of a small community is that the bench is not very deep.

  3. Jon Shilling says:

    It makes sense that Hillary and the Donald’s opinions are close on marijuana (?) Friends often share common views. CAUTION…conspiracy theory 😉 .

    • jeffpelline says:

      I wonder if the Donald will take a cue from Don Bessee and call Hillary “Madame Pantsuits” in the general election. The two Don’s are similar in how they treat people.

      • Jon Shilling says:

        Agreed. This POTUS election is like no other. I wonder how history will record the Clinton/Trump contest. They seemed to be friends previous to the election. The Donald seemed to be a democrat. Interesting times.

    • Annie Fox says:

      Great call Jon. I’ve been thinking those two have something going on.

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