July 05, 2007

Saying What Needs to Be Said.

Agreed, Sean.

The conservatives who are getting a bunch of schadenfreude out of Al Gore III's arrest should grow the fuck up.

When A the H was working at a Large Production Company in Southern California as a television writer/producer, a memo came down from the Division Head specificying that although the writers and story editors made fun of public figures from time to time, they should avoid making fun of Chelsea Clinton. He wasn't especially happy about it.

"What about all the things that people said about Amy Carter?" he asked.

"Yeah," I replied. "And the ripping on Reagan's family, too. But here's the Big Question: if Hillary hadn't handled it in such a high-handed fashion [calling all the industry bigwigs to tell them 'hands off of Chelsea, or else] wouldn't you have considered it a good policy?"

I'd love to see a "hands off the kids" custom instituted in the press. And if it has to start lopsidedly, then maybe it will expand eventually to cover Republicans as well as Democrats. In any event, I'm not going to get my hands dirty. Who among us wants to be held for the weird things our parents (or our kids, or our nieces and nephews) have done, or did?

Al Gore III is just a guy trying to make his way in the world, in a rather pathetic industry (last I knew, he was involved in print publishing, may G-d have mercy on his soul). And he may or may not have a problem with drugs—one can never tell with the young: they're always doing weird, awkward things in any event.

Now can we all, please, shut up? Please?

Posted by Attila Girl at July 5, 2007 11:05 PM | TrackBack

This is meaningless, but I have the dubious distinction of being AG3's fifth cousin (AG1 and my grandmother were third cousins).

Anyhoo, our nation's history of presidential and vice-presidential children being involved with drugs goes back to Ford (at least).

Up until now I had chalked up Chelsea not being in the news as a result of her seeing what a big f***ing mess her father made of things with his personal-life choices, and learning better. Sigh.

Posted by: John at July 6, 2007 03:46 AM

The conservatives who are getting a bunch of schadenfreude out of Al Gore III's arrest should grow the fuck up.

Keep that in mind the next time some...progressive bring up any of the younger Bushes indiscretions, or maybe Mary Chenney's sexual orientation...

On the other hand, who knew a Prius could do 100 MPH?

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at July 6, 2007 04:48 AM

Keep that in mind the next time some...progressive bring up any of the younger Bushes indiscretions, or maybe Mary Chenney's sexual orientation...

If I paid that much attention on the foibles of the Left I'd never get anything done.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at July 6, 2007 05:33 AM

AGIII got in the cross hairs when the Gore people leaked W's 1976 DUI arrest(after it was expunged) and used it as an example of someone who got preferential treatment because of his daddy. We all know he had the book thrown at him and the leaker that committed a felony by passing around an expunged file was never even charged with a crime. AGIII was arrested for reckless driving, driving under the influence and driving at an excessive rate of speed(40mph over the limit) in Aug. 2000, and when the case was processed, conveniently after the election, he DID get preferential treatment with the serious charges dropped($125 fine). AGIII repeated the pattern with 2002 and 2003 arrests. Funny how the media can't even get that straight. ABC does manage to go on about W's daughters in the story of AGIII's current arrest though, and I suspect they're not the only ones. Forgive the Right if they have no choice but to rage against the machine of Leftist media domination and bias.

That said, AGIII's problems are his own. And AGII's life, words, and actions are sufficient to generate all the negative copy ever needed. And then some.

I must go purchase a carbon credit now to atone for my cigarette which is the principal cause of Global Warming, you know.

Posted by: Darrell at July 6, 2007 07:45 AM

If I paid that much attention on the foibles of the Left I'd never get anything done.

It never hurts to point out the foibles of those who claim not to have such foibles. They're hypocritical, elitist snobs and it should be pointed out.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at July 6, 2007 01:59 PM

The correct response to those who point to any advantages G.W. Bush enjoyed due to his father's position is to point to the advantages Al Gore, Jr. enjoyed by virtue of being Al Gore, Sr.'s son—and there were plenty of them.

The correct response to publicizing the hijinks of the the Bush twins is eye-rolling. Or, perhaps (in extreme circumstances) muttering the term "Kennedy clan" under one's breath.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 6, 2007 10:24 PM


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