Heres yet another look at Bill Bennetts gambling problem from the perspective of James McManus, a writer who just published a best-selling book on the World Series of Poker. (How he came to write that story is intriguing in its own right: he took his $10,000 advance from the Atlantic Monthly and bought himself into the world-renowned game and did well enough to give a first-hand account of the lucrative event.) McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs and Binions World Series of Poker, writes in a May 6 NYT op-ed, "Virtues, Values and Vegas," that Bennetts so-called gambling woes are none of the publics business. He raises the ante, ha ha, by saying Bennett was not enough of a gambler, but Ill let those interested read the article themselves.
I disagree on both counts, but found the op-ed thought-provoking enough--especially the political connection he makes near the end--to bring to your attention.