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A Response to Instapundit

I see that my post knocking reporters for covering the Max Baucus was drunk video got linked by Glenn Instapundit Reynolds, who 1) misunderstood my point

Katharine Tate
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Dec 29, 2009

I see that my post knocking reporters for covering the “Max Baucus was drunk” video got linked by Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds, who 1) misunderstood my point and 2) made a silly assertion about Joe Biden that was promptly debunked. Did Reynolds make those mistakes under the influence of some intoxicants? It’s irresponsible not to ask.

So, here’s Reynolds:

SO, MAX BAUCUS WASN’T DRUNK, because Joe Biden had an aneurysm?

No, the Baucus video reveals nothing because similar videos have been published to make Biden — who does not drink, and whose occasional slurring has a medical explanation — look like he was drunk. Reynolds continues:

And — though this is an aside, and not really relevant — if Biden is a teetotaler, as Weigel says, what’s he being served in this White House video? Or was the beer just for show, to bolster his “ordinary guy” credentials? UPDATE: Bucklers NA Beer? More here. So, yes, for show.

Yep. Biden, like plenty of teetotalers, drinks non-alcoholic beer. If Reynolds thinks that’s a sham to bolster “regular guy” credentials, he should probably see this June 8, 2007 photo of former President George W. Bush.


That’s Bush enjoying a non-alcoholic beer at a G8 summit. I did a quick query for Reynolds’s post attacking Bush for this fraudulent show of “regular guy” solidarity, but I guess the search engine is broken.

Katharine Tate | I’m a native of Massachusetts, where I earned bachelor's degrees in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Sculpture from Brandeis University. I enjoy assisting and inspiring women in all aspects of their lives, and I consider myself a partner in their OB an GYN treatment. I particularly enjoy forming relationships with young women and assisting them in determining their healthcare needs and goals. I love to travel, create metal and fiber art, cook, and spend time outside. Also, I’m fluent in both German and American Sign Language.


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