Every politician worth voting for harbours something embarrassing in his past, something which raises questions about his suitability for the top job. For Texas Governor George W Bush, that something is the suspected-and not denied-use of cocaine or some other drug, probably more than 20 years ago. For Vice-President Al Gore, the something is Earth in the Balance, his apocalyptic 1992 book on the environment.
Assume, for argument’s sake, that Bush is a former cocaine user. Which is the greater disqualification for the presidency: having snorted cocaine or having written Earth in the Balance? This is a difficult question. Seriously.
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