Is anyone else tired of high-profile individuals making idiots out of themselves in public and then immediately seeking treatment for alcohol abuse?
I'm not saying Newsom doesn't have a drinking problem (or that he does, I have no idea), but this sequence of events has almost become cliche. How can the country have this many famous alcoholics?
I think this quote from Gavin sums up why this happens so frequently:
"Upon reflection with friends and family this weekend, I have come to the conclusion that I will be a better person without alcohol in my life. I take full responsibility for my personal mistakes, and my problems with alcohol are not an excuse for my personal lapses in judgment."
There you have it. Paying lip service to personal responsibility but also claiming that you're about to transmogrify into a whole nother (and better) person because you've decided to stop drinking. If you pick this apart, though, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Essentially he's saying, "I chose to bang my co-worker's wife. Therefore, I'm going to stop drinking." This only makes sense if alcohol, not personal judgment, is the cause of his bad behavior.
What he really means is, "I chose to drink, which is a perfectly acceptable thing to do. Unfortunately, alcohol made me bang my co-worker's wife. I am now choosing to stop drinking, because alcohol makes me do unexpected stupid things." It creates a layer of insulation between himself and the specific objectionable conduct by linking it to drinking, which is objectionable only in excess. In other words, banging your co-worker's wife is always bad. Drinking is only sometimes bad. Running to rehab after you screw up turns your transgression from one of kind (adultery) to one of degree (drinking in excess).
Not every idiot, bigot, and sex maniac is a drunk. Some people just have genuinely poor judgment, sober or not.