Whiskey and political compromise

President Obama’s recent statement that he would “enjoy having a Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell” raised eyebrows, brought forth a few dubious smiles and produced a flurry of sound bites in the national media, but it was far from the first time whiskey has played a role in political maneuverings in Washington.

Let us consider Sen. Henry Clay of Kentucky, a man that John Quincy Adams once snidely remarked should have had “a pistol, a pack of playing cards, and a bottle” for his family crest. Full story

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