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  •  Moynihan would have been gone in an instant (1+ / 0-)
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    if they had had drugs or alcohol testing in Congress. Toward the end of his time in office, I went to a speech he was giving on education. He spoke gibberish -- the words were all erudite advanced vocabulary, but the sentences had no meaning. He was applauded repeatedly which made me wonder if I was missing something.
    We were leaving at the same time as someone from the National Center for Education Statistics (who IIRC, were the sponsors of the talk) and I asked him whether he thought Moynihan's speech had made any sense. The guy answered "of course not!"
    Apparently it was widely known on the Hill that Moynihan was drunk pretty much all the time by then.  
    Sad when a good mind is destroyed by drugs and/or alcohol.

    If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

    by Tamar on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 03:31:03 PM PST

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      Moynihan retired but before he did he endorsed Hillary Clinton for NY Senator; I was amazed at the level of political theater they were putting on  for that and how stupid they thought the public was;

      I got alot of flack when I mentioned it at the time; Moynihan was an institution he was an 'Honorable'

      AFTER CITIZENS UNITED: demagogues benefit from keeping people agitated, the more threatened people feel, the less likely they are to listen to dissenting opinions, and the more easily controlled they are

      by anyname on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 06:00:43 PM PST

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