Thursday, February 24, 2011

Did Newt drink the bong water?

I do love George Clooney.

And I figure that,  as a very happily married woman of a certain age, it's okay for me to make such a bald statement about one of our last true actor/superstars. I mean, Mr. Clooney not only delights on screen as an actor, he gets malaria trying to help the people of Sudan. And then best of all in my mind, rather than acting all brave and self-sacrificing in the interests of fueling his celebrity, Mr. Clooney makes light of  illness, saying, "I guess the mosquito in Juba looked at me and thought I was the bar." 

Two men who don't need to be identified, right?
Okay, so why have I suddenly confused the WMRA blog with a fan magazine? Especially since George Clooney, being a dishy and talented actor and a persistent advocate for the people of Sudan, is hardly news, right?

Because of his refreshing honesty and his astonishing lack of hypocrisy when asked in a recent Newsweek interview, if he was interested in running for elected office . . .
 . . . despite occasional overtures from the California Democratic Party, Clooney has rejected the constraints of conventional politics. “I didn’t live my life in the right way for politics, you know,” he said, sitting outside the Central Pub in Juba, scarfing down pizza. “I f--ked too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that’s the truth.” A smart campaigner, he believes, “would start from the beginning by saying, ‘I did it all. I drank the bong water. Now let’s talk about issues.’ That’s gonna be my campaign slogan: ‘I drank the bong water.’?
For me, that kind of forthrightness (in spite of the offensive crudeness of Mr. Clooney's reference to his well-publicized girlfriends) was like a long, cool drink of water. Here's someone who lives squarely in the public eye who, like Popeye, is comfortable admitting openly that, "I am what I am."

Speaking of forthrightness, the Obama administration finally put its policy where its campaign rhetoric was. As reported yesterday in the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — President Obama, in a striking legal and political shift, has determined that the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — is unconstitutional, and has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court, the administration said Wednesday.
Hooray, again, for lining up what you say with what you do. Hooray for forthrightness!

Newt Gingrich made the news in the forthrightness department yesterday as well.

Caption from New York Magazine article:
Gingrich and his current wife.Photo: John M. Heller/Getty Images
New York magazine reports the story this way:

Someone Asked Newt Gingrich About All Those Affairs He’s Had

If Newt Gingrich is going to run for president, as it appears he will, he better gird himself for questions like the one he received last night during a forum with University of Pennsylvania students. As reported by Politico
Isabel Friedman
"You adamantly oppose gay rights ... but you've also been married three times and admitted to having an affair with your current wife while you were still married to your second," Isabel Friedman, president of the Penn Democrats, said to Gingrich. 
Not to mention the affair he had with the woman who would become his second wife while still married to his first! Sorry, didn't mean to interrupt. 
"As a successful politician who's considering running for president, who would set the bar for moral conduct and be the voice of the American people, how do you reconcile this hypocritical interpretation of the religious values that you so vigorously defend?" 
After trying to shame the questioner — "I hope you feel better about yourself," he told her — Gingrich basically answered that he can't reconcile it, and he hopes the voters don't mind.  
“I've had a life which, on occasion, has had problems,” he added. “I believe in a forgiving God, and the American people will have to decide whether that [sic] their primary concern. If the primary concern of the American people is my past, my candidacy would be irrelevant. If the primary concern of the American people is the future ... that's a debate I'll be happy to have with your candidate or any other candidate if I decide to run." 
Don't ask Newt about the past! It's totally not important at all! 

The exchange made UTube, which is, in my opinion, one of our society's great defenses against hypocrisy.

So call me crazy, but didn't Newt Gingrich just kinda admit (metaphorically) that he'd drunk the bong water?

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