Quote of the Day: “Drunken Stupor” Joins Pantheon of Great Political Excuses

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From Toronto mayor Rob Ford, finally admitting that he’s smoked crack cocaine:

Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.

Well, OK then! That explains everything. “Drunken stupor” will surely now join “wide stance” and “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” in the pantheon of memorable excuses for bad behavior among politicians.

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