The Corner

Bennett’s Gambling

I was wondering when someone would finally write this one up, and now both Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter and The Washington Monthly have done it. Yes, Bennett gambles lots of money — but not money he cannot afford to lose. Says Bennett: “I play fairly high stakes. I adhere to the law. I don’t play the ‘milk money.’ I don’t put my family at risk, and I don’t owe anyone anything.” As the stories don’t even hint at anything that would even suggest this statement is untrue, it all boils down to: “ A wealthy conservative squanders his own, well-earned discretionary income.” That’s hardly a big scoop. It’s not as if he cheated on his wife, paid off a mistress, or lied to the public while in government service. But then again, those stories are rarely the subject of breathless exposes on the left.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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