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 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:
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.