For those friends of mine who don’t keep up with the news, several articles appeared on Friday and over the weekend about virtue guru Bill Bennett’s gambling habit. The story was broken in Washington Monthly and Newsweek, but I read about it in Talking Points Memo. Josh Mitchell, who I always find worth reading, has quite a bit on the controversy, though when he says he can’t grok the attractiveness of gambling,

because I spent most of my twenties as a starving graduate student and couldn’t understand parting with money without the guarantee of getting something in return…

I think: graduate school is the perfect example of "parting with money without the guarantee of getting something in return."

Afterthought: The real question is, why couldn’t he just play video games like the rest of us? Is a $500-a-turn slot machine really more pleasant and diverting than Descent 3?