Tuesday, November 29, 2005
# Posted 8:27 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
Last Wednesday, Hackett was on Hardball, where he denounced Schmidt and others for "play[ing] politics with the lives of young Americans" and avoiding the real issue of what to do about Iraq. In order to restore the proper level of dignity to American political discourse, Hackett promptly started talking about the President's alleged coke habit:
MATTHEWS: You said he has—in “G.Q.” this month you said, “He didn‘t have the stones to serve in his generation‘s war. Instead he wanted to drink alcohol and snort cocaine and party.”Bizarre. What was that again about Democrats being committed to reality-based politics? Anyhow, good for Matthews for not letting Hackett get away with it. You could almost hear the disbelief in Matthews' voice. And he was very hesitant with his questions, as if he weren't sure whether he should waste time cross-examining Hackett on such on obviously silly point. But if Hackett is going to argue for substantive politics and then talk about cocaine, that's what he deserves.
On a related note, Newsweek has an article up about Democratic efforts to recurit veterans to run for office in 2006. My memory is hazy on this point, but I think the Democrats tried to run a veteran for president last year, but it didn't work out too well.
UPDATE: Over at Kos, knowthings congratulates Hackett on his stellar peformance. Yes, really. The smarter liberals at RBC admit that Hackett came off looking pretty bad. (3) opinions -- Add your opinion
Well, there are a few different things happening here. One is that, as a political matter, to bring this up about Bush right now is foolish without having it nailed down.
The others, though, are these: as Matthews said, "some people have suspected it because of the way he‘s denied it", by which he means that Bush hasn't categoricaly denied it. Note this from August 1999:
Bush Thursday denied using illegal drugs over the past 25 years, but refused to discuss his younger years for fear of sending "a signal to children that whatever I may have done is okay."
This question was also the context for the famous statement, "When I was young and irresponsible I was young and irresponsible." So considering that it's been asked and explicitly not answered, it's not like Hackett suggested that Bush may have knocked over a convenience store or something.
Finally, I'm closer to Bush's age than to yours -- I'm Yale Class of 1980 -- and if I were to learn that someone from my class had become President of the US and, in addition, had regularly done cocaine, I'd be more surprised by the first than by the second.
Has anyone actually alleged that they saw George Bush do cocaine or had personal knowledge that he used cocaine? I don't think so. Also, if George Bush was doing cocaine at Yale in the mid-1960s he would have been quite avant-garde. Cocaine wasnt readily available in the United States at that time--not anything like its availibility in the late 1970s or today--and was certainly not popular among the Ivy League frat boy/jock set. If Bush had been at Yale in 1980, I would be more willing to believe that he tooted his fair share of blow.Post a Comment