Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bates Spots More GOP Bigwigs in St. Paul

We just love reading about Tulsa blogger Michael Bates and his many GOP adventures in St. Paul. The other day he saw an actual Republican celebrity on the elevator.

Impressive!

More recently, Bates spotted the King of Virtues and full-time Republican stuffed shirt, Bill Bennett. Gotta love Bill, the guy who has written several books on virtue, but didn't have the self-control (or should we say, virtue) to stay out of the casinos.

How many hundreds of thousands of dollars did Bennett drop in Vegas? We can't remember. Maybe Michael had a chance to ask him.

2 comments:

Tulsan said...

Probably the best article on the blowhard:

Bill Bennett's Bad Bet:
The bookmaker of virtues


Excerpt:

"Working his way down the list of other people's pleasures, weaknesses, and uses of American freedom, he just happened to skip over his own. How convenient. Is there some reason why his general intolerance of the standard vices does not apply to this one? None that he's ever mentioned."

If this guy had any sense of shame, he would have given his moralizing a permanent rest. Fat chance. Another hypocrite of the right, still on the gravy train.

Tulsan said...

Another good one. It partially answers AT's question.

The Bookie of Virtue

"Bennett admitted to the Times that he had visited the casino, but denied winning $200,000. Documents show that, in fact, he won a $25,000 jackpot on that visit--but left the casino down $625,000.

"Bennett--who gambled throughout Clinton's impeachment--has continued this pattern in subsequent years. On July 12 of last year, for instance, Bennett lost $340,000 at Caesar's Boardwalk Regency in Atlantic City. And just three weeks ago, on March 29 and 30*, he lost more than $500,000 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. 'There's a term in the trade for this kind of gambler,' says a casino source who has witnessed Bennett at the high-limit slots in the wee hours. 'We call them losers.'"