A link to a YouTube video taken from C-Span 2 appeared on the Drudge Report the other day. In it, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) is seen addressing the Senate in what seems to be a drunken state: gesturing wildly and slurring his words. His subject is the current healthcare legislation. His staff has repudiated speculation from the GOP that the Senator was indeed drunk on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
For the past couple of days I’ve kept my eye on the Montana media and cannot find a reference to this anywhere. I’ve followed the Billings Gazette, the Bozeman Chronicle, New West, the latter ignoring my e-mail inquiries. And a Google search (“Max Baucus drunk”) turns up no Montana links at all (such as the Missoulian, Helena’s Independent Record, etc.). The aforementioned state papers and websites are mostly Max-friendly (an ongoing paradox in Red State Montana), but did the blackout originate with the Senator’s media people? It’s very thorough.
All this is interesting because last August’s Flathead Lake alcohol-related nighttime boating accident involving Montana Congressman Dennis Rehberg (the Republican sustained a broken ankle, and four other passengers were injured, including Montana Senate Majority Whip Greg Barkus, who was driving the boat and faces DUI-related charges) was front page news in those very same newspapers and media sites, not to mention exhaustive television coverage.