after studying George W., I have found a redeeming value that
just might put him in the White House, after all.
And, ironically, it isn't that he represents a big change from
Clinton, or as they would want you to believe, that he represents
a return to dignity and probity, oh, no, not that.
It's really because he is so much like Clinton that he will actually
have a chance in November 2000. Wait until you see the party
pictures. Wait until you hear his old drinking buddies tell their
stories. George himself has already addressed it, when he said
that his family and marriage are prepared for whatever comes.
For almost half his life, Bush was distinguished mainly by his
hearty appetite for partying. A Newsweek profile by Evan Thomas,
describing his college years, says he "seems to have majored
in beer drinking at the Deke House." After he formed his
first company (which failed), Thomas writes, "By his own
account, Bush spent a lot of time in bars, trying to sort out
who he was. He had a kind of ragged nervous energy in that period,
and he could be a bully." But, at 40 (so goes the Bush family
legend) Junior quit drinking and turned to the love of his "good
woman" as he put it, and settled down. But that isn't exactly
He was so worried about his past that he hired a private detective
to investigate himself. According to an unnamed insider quoted
on MSNBC, Bush "isn't terribly thrilled" about what
they found, though no one is spilling the details (yet). "No
handcuffs or dwarf orgies, but he was a handsome, rich playboy
and lived that life," the insider said.
In true Gary Hart fashion, Bush freely and proudly states
to reporters that he has been faithful to his wife. However,
he was married at 31 and makes no claim of virginity before that
point, even as he lectures the youth of today to remain celibate.
A Clinton aide who was in Bush's class at Yale has already warned
him that "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw
There are innumerable rumors reported in the national press that
George W. didn't just smoke a little pot, he was using cocaine
and other stuff. Today, when he lectures college students on
morality, and they shout out questions about this, his standard
reply, without a denial, is "I will say what I did as a
youth is irrelevant. What is relevant is, have you grown up,
and I have." Apparently, he feels that that is a good position,
but he is wrong.
When pressed on the hypocrisy issue, he speaks to baby boomer
parents everywhere: "If I were you, I wouldn't tell your
kids that you smoked pot unless you want 'em to smoke pot. I
think it's important for leaders, and parents, not to send mixed
signals. I don't want some kid saying, 'Well, Governor Bush tried
So, there you have it. And, I'll rest my case here... for
now. George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, defending hypocrisy and
if not relishing his past, at least leveraging it into an advantage.
Still the women are not appearing before the cameras yet, but
they will. And one last thing to compare this guy with America's
guy, Bill Clinton: In George's past there is the word "bully"
and "tough guy." No one ever said those things about
Bill. So, there may be more in this Bush than just smoke. In
the future, you will hear about him dodging Vietnam, which in
Bill was always OK, but in conservative George will be disastrous.
And, then, there are his insider business deals, including foreign
deals with the help of George, Sr. And then there's Karla Faye
Tucker. Remember her?