MSNBC host: Romney’s abstinence from alcohol a presidential disqualification

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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On his Monday MSNBC program, just a week after condemning former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to hell based on the Book of Mormon, afternoon host Martin Bashir cited a column from The New York Times’ Timothy Egan to suggest that Romney isn’t fit for the White House because he does not drink.

“A teenage taste of beer aside, Mitt Romney does not consume alcohol, which begs the question — will total abstention put his candidacy, perhaps even this great nation, in jeopardy?” Bashir said. “That’s the conundrum that could be drawn from a column by New York Times writer Timothy Egan, who does not deal in half measures.” (RELATED: MSNBC host condemns Romney to hell, cites Book of Mormon)

According to Bashir, former President George W. Bush didn’t drink as president either and he somehow tied that to his success as a commander-in-chief.

“Take George W. Bush. He enjoyed a very warm relationship with alcohol until he decided to ditch the stuff after waking up with a hangover on his 40th birthday,” Bashir said. “A hangover? Perhaps the perfect word to describe the condition of the country upon the completion of his second term.”

To bolster his allegation, Bashir also cited another leader that didn’t drink — former President Jimmy Carter, as well as a list of those he sees as successful leaders that did indulge, including Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

(h/t Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics)

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