Someone must be spiking the Konservative Kool-Aid. Lately it seems that everyone wants to join my club - A.A.
Hate-mongering, corruption, child molesting? Off to rehab with you! Mark Foley is only the latest member of the "I'm not a criminal - I'm a drunk" contingent. It's just like the "Jesus in the jailhouse" club, except that these guys are already Bible-thumpers, so they have to play the next 'Get Out Of Jail Free' card - the Alcoholic card.
Sorry, fellas. It ain't that easy.
They all have some idea that, if you call alcoholism a disease, then you're not responsible for what you've done. It was the booze's fault.
As a recovering alcoholic, I can tell you that it doesn't work that way. Having a disease does not absolve you of responsibility for managing that disease. Mel, it wasn't the booze that made you anti-Semitic. Bob, it wasn't the booze that made you a corrupt congressman-on-the-take. Mark, it sure as hell wasn't the booze that made you a pedophile. So if you think that you can boo-hoo your way into rehab instead of jail, go ahead and give it your best shot. But to blame it on the booze?
This drunk ain't buying it.
Update - thanks to the scintillating Blue Gal and Crooks and Liars for the mention!