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Bill Bennet: Gambler

2003-05-05 16:27:37.295926+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

More conservatives who can't help themselves: You've probably already seen the news that Morality crusader William Bennett has a pretty hefty gambling addiction.

"He'll usually call a host and let us know when he's coming," says one source. "We can limo him in. He prefers the high-limit room, where he's less likely to be seen and where he can play the $500-a-pull slots. He usually plays very late at night or early in the morning--usually between midnight and 6 a.m."

Slots? Yeesh. In Skipping Towards Gomorrah, Dan Savage opined that gambling was a way for people without real consequences in their lives to experience loss, and by extension living. Time to go back and re-read that chapter, although Savage at least bases his experience on playing blackjack. Of course Bennett feels that blowing $1.2M at a shot is okay because he can handle it.

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#Comment made: 2003-05-05 19:24:12.265456+00 by: Dan Lyke

Of course he's also played fast and loose with statistics; maybe not understanding math is why he gambles?

#Comment made: 2003-05-05 22:44:38.018677+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

Gambling may be a way for /some/ people to experience loss because they don't have those sorts of consequences. William ($50,000/speech) Bennett certainly seems to need some sort of loss.