An Inconvenient Son

Jimmy Carter had Billy. Bill Clinton had Roger. George Bush has, well, himself (and Jenna and Not Jenna). Al Gore has Al the Third.
Gore’s 23 year old son was arrested in Orange County, Ca. yesterday and charged with numerous drug offenses, including possession of marijuana and a Limbaugh-esque cornucopia of “happy pills”, all [...]

Commentary By: Richard Blair

Jimmy Carter had Billy. Bill Clinton had Roger. George Bush has, well, himself (and Jenna and Not Jenna). Al Gore has Al the Third.

Gore’s 23 year old son was arrested in Orange County, Ca. yesterday and charged with numerous drug offenses, including possession of marijuana and a Limbaugh-esque cornucopia of “happy pills”, all without a scrip’.

The upside? Young Al was driving an environmentally friendly Prius – at over 100 miles per hour – when he was pulled over on Interstate 5. Who said that hybrids don’t have some muscle? And, how in the hell does anyone do 100mph on the 5, even at 2AM? I’ve never driven I-5 (either north or south) when I’ve been able to do more than crawl, at least until the San Clemente exit…

Anyway, it’s hard to say if he’ll do any jail time, but it wouldn’t surprise me since he has a prior conviction on a similar charge. No word yet on whether or not the former Veep will petition George Bush for a commutation of his son’s eventual sentence.

Seriously, though, if the elder Al is secretly planning a run for the presidency next year, the arrest of his son could provide inconvenient fodder for the wagging tongues in the puditocracy.

Update: Here’s a link to an Associated Press video report of the arrest.

Thursday, July 5th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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