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Dopey and Dazed


Does anyone find it dissonant that Iowan Democrats gave a victory to an admitted marijuana user to become President and the Senate is letting him keep his seat, while denying money to college students convicted of possessing illegal drugs?

The question that is begged is, "Does prior marijuana use help the chances of a Presidential candidate?"


Obama's last speech had a fog index of 8.17 (higher is more academic). McCain, 8.14 (most recent 4 weeks old on hydrogen?!); Clinton, 9.5; Giuliani, 11.6; No speeches I could find on the Huckabee site, just responses to opponents jabs, his foreign affairs article got 13.05.

My prior beliefs were that veterans like Giuliani would speak at the lowest level of diction and Obama and Clinton would use their race and sex as license to be less "regular guys" and more intellectual. That the leaders for New Hampshire are the candidates with the lowest Fog index tells me that the other campaigns need to use the K.I.S.S. formula: "Keep it simple, stupid!"

Posted by Sam Dinkin at January 05, 2008 08:11 AM
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I would feel I was dopey and dazed too if I asked Sam's questions. Especially his comparison of a Foreign affairs article with a victory speech.

Posted by Offside at January 5, 2008 09:43 AM

Offside: Half right. Obama's Foreign Affairs article came in at 10.89. That's probably a better test; all the Foreign Affairs articles.

Posted by Sam Dinkin at January 5, 2008 10:53 AM

Laws are for the little people, not for any of Us. The last few years may have made it seem like this was a Republican attitude, but it's not; it's a politician attitude.

Posted by roystgnr at January 5, 2008 10:54 AM

Actually, no I don't see it as dissonant. If Obama were running as a law and order type, then sure that would be a problem.Marijuana use is one of those routinely broken laws like speed limits or running red lights. Sometimes the law breaker harms themselves or others in the process, but usually they have enough judgement to avoid that.

Posted by Karl Hallowell at January 6, 2008 09:41 PM

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