Essay: The Ginsburg Test: Bad Logic

Did F.D.R. have a drink during Prohibition? (He did.) Douglas Ginsburg, nominated for the Supreme Court, did the '60s' equivalent, and within two days of the revelation was crushed in a political avalanche. Most Americans tell pollsters they don't think past marijuana use should be a disqualification for high office, but polls don't make politics. Not many Americans would disqualify a presidential candidate for a bit of plagiarism either. That didn't help Joe Biden. It remains to be seen how much damage the marijuana issue will do to presidential candidates like Albert Gore and Bruce Babbitt. But there is no doubt...