The Democratic candidates met last night in what was supposed to be a debate aimed at the younger generation. According to Fox News, the debate “generally veered away from campaign issues such as Iraq and the economy, and into areas of interest to younger voters.”
Also from the article:
Asked whether they had ever used marijuana, [Sen. John] Edwards, [Gov. Howard] Dean and Sen. John Kerry said they have. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, [Wesley] Clark and Al Sharpton said they had not. Sen. Joe Lieberman answered the same, although he apologized as he did so. Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun declined to answer.
So we have three democratic presidential hopefuls admitting to committing a crime, and one apologizing for not committing one. That’s super. And who does Mosley-Braun think she’s fooling? I’m all for being honest about past transgressions and not condeming people for their pasts sins, but these guys almost sound like they’re endorsing it. I don’t care how socially acceptable it is, until the laws are changed smoking pot is still a crime.
This relevation comes after our current President was given so much grief for rumors about possible cocaine use when he was younger. Yet here we have three confessions of illicit drug use and we’re supposed to shrug our shoulders and act like its no big deal.
The whole debate was a production. The candidates were falling all over themselves trying to look “hip.” They all wore casual attire (read no ties, top button undone), even the moderator. The admissions of drug use were just another ploy meant to ingratiate the candidates with the younger crowd. Its just another example of how Democratic candidates will do or say almost anything for a few more votes.
If you think that all these candidates bickering amongst themselves might not be good for the Democrats hopes for the White House, you’d be right. The Bush Blog has some pretty interesting numbers from the Washington Post.