The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 January 2007

The raising of the wrist

Columnist Ron Hart considers a factor I hadn't thought of:

It was revealed by [Al] Gore only recently that Bill Clinton does not drink. This is troubling to me as it means he was stone sober when he hit on Paula Jones.

So in summary, here are the leaders who do not drink: Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, all al-Qaida leaders, Hitler, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter.

By contrast, here are leaders known to drink: Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jeb Bush and Jesus.

It's not quite so, you should pardon the expression, cut and dried. (And Nixon might have been hoisting a few in the Oval Office after all.) Still, I drank enough in my younger days to make me ever-so-slightly suspicious of teetotalers in positions of power, despite the fact that I hardly ever touch the stuff myself anymore. So if Hillary comes to town, consider this an offer to buy her a beer.

(Via Hit & Run.)

Posted at 6:33 AM to Political Science Fiction


I would consider offering the Hildabeast a vintage hemlock....

Posted by: paulsmos at 7:02 AM on 30 January 2007

Wait. Nixon was drinking in the Oliver Stone film. Are you saying that the portrayal may have been less than accurate?

Also, I think there are ways one in power can take the edge off besides an alcoholic beverage...(see Lewinsky, or simply "lust in my heart").

Posted by: Dwight at 8:17 AM on 30 January 2007

Actually, I think Nixon's reputation for sobriety is at least somewhat undeserved. (Same for Stone's reputation for accuracy.)

And really, can you imagine any form of earthly pleasure, ethanol-based or otherwise, which Bill Clinton would routinely spurn?

Posted by: CGHill at 8:21 AM on 30 January 2007

It was revealed by [Al] Gore only recently that Bill Clinton does not drink.

It's also been revealed by Al Gore that the entire Eastern seaboard will be underwater within 50 years.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:10 AM on 30 January 2007

It's also been revealed by Al Gore that the entire Eastern seaboard will be underwater within 50 years.

Sounds like a reason to drink...

Posted by: Dwight at 11:13 AM on 30 January 2007

Clinton was quoted as saying it was unimaginable to have a drink in the Oval Office. Okie dokie...

Posted by: John Salmon at 3:39 PM on 30 January 2007

It's also been revealed by Al Gore that the entire Eastern seaboard will be underwater within 50 years.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Posted by: Dan B at 6:01 PM on 30 January 2007

In the 70's, the greenhouse gases were supposed to be keeping the heat OUT. That, I can grok. What I don't understand it the deal where the heat gets IN, past the GG, but it can't get OUT again. Well then, how did the heat get IN, in the first place?

Any theory of global climate change based on observations of Roach Motels does not pass the smell test where I am concerned.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 10:10 PM on 30 January 2007