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Speaking of Drugs


The other day, Jim Geraghty wrote about Sen. Obama’s past drug use, adding:

(By the way, the term “use” instead of “experimenting” is deliberate. Let’s avoid the term “experimenting” with drugs when it comes to politicians. If you’re not in a lab coat and using a Bunsen burner, you’re not experimenting. Otherwise, on New Year’s Eve I was “experimenting” with microbrews and whiskey.)

I think Christopher Caldwell wrote something similar a decade ago in the New York Press when some Republican politician confessed to having “experimented” with marijuana. Yeah, he said–I paraphrase–I “experimented” too. But the first test wasn’t under ideal conditions, so I had to repeat it a couple of hundred times.


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