Radio libtalker Bill Press did much yesterday to explain why he more than occasionally comes across as addled. Then again, it's probably only his politics responsible for conveying that impression.
In what is unlikely to come as a shock to his former boss, Press said there were "potheads" who worked in the state bureaucracy for California Gov. Jerry Brown, and that Press was one of them. Correction -- while working in the higher echelons of bureaucracy. (Audio after the jump)
Press came clean while talking with Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a group comprised of people who actually believe this is a major priority. (audio) --
PRESS: All right, so I gotta start out, you know, one of my best friends and a man I had a great experience of working for for four years as the director of his Office of Planning and Research, Governor Jerry Brown, with Colorado and Washington, you and I have talked about California can't be far behind, Governor Brown on "Meet the Press" yesterday didn't sound really, very enthusiastic. Here he is in response to David Gregory's question about, what about California?
BROWN: The problem with anything, a certain amount is OK, but there is a tendency to go to extremes. And all of a sudden, if there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive and I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.
PRESS (chuckles heartily): Now, as a disclaimer I must say, in the first time, in his first administration, his first eight years, there were potheads who worked for him ...
ST. PIERRE (knowingly): Indeed ...
PRESS: ... and kept it together 24 hours a day and did a damn good job and you are looking at one of them!
ST. PIERRE: Wow!
PRESS: All right, I just want you to know.
C'mon, Bill, everyone knows potheads can't keep it together round the clock. Meth fiends, maybe, but not stoners.
Any other laws you chose to ignore while working for the state?