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Former Oklahoma governor wants Obama to come clean



One bright spot in the recent national campaign has been the return of an old Chicken-Fried News favorite for quote fodder " our own former Gov. Frank Keating.

As if life just couldn't get any better for the CFN crew, Frankie recently took to the airwaves on the radio show of former "Saturday Night Live" comedian-turned-ubiquitous-conservative-radio-pundit Dennis Miller to attack Barack Obama on behalf of fellow Republican John McCain.

Keating had advice for Obama: Come clean about drug use, according to an account published by The Washington Post.

"He (Obama) ought to admit, 'You know, I've got to be honest with you. I was a guy of the street. I was way to the left. I used cocaine. I voted liberally, but I'm back at the center,'" Keating, who co-chairs McCain's campaign, said.

At this point, Miller jumped in and corrected Keating, using SNL backstage hipster talk to "school" Keating.

"Wait, I've got to jump in, Frank. He has copped to the blow use, right?" Miller said, referring to Obama's admission of cocaine use in his autobiography. "I mean, he did so in his own book he said he did blow."

For you non-hepcats out there, "blow" is street talk for powdered cocaine.

"Oh yes, he did," Keating admitted.

For what it's worth, Keating also sorta did the same thing to President George W. Bush when allegations arose that Dubya was at one point partial to "snow."

The Post points this out as well: "In 1999, Keating was quick to weigh in on rumors about George W. Bush's alleged drug use as a young man," notes The Post. "The former FBI agent did himself some real damage with the Bush campaign when he told an interviewer that Bush should answer questions 'about private conduct.'"

By some accounts, this soured Dubya's view of Keating, who was considered a contender for VP. Instead, Bush picked Dick Cheney. (Oh, if only we'd known then what we know now. We didn't know Dick.)

Nevertheless, Keating was pretty darn nice about Bush's alleged use. It even prompted then-Oklahoma state Sen. Frank Shurden to criticize Keating's comments in a 1999 news release. He pointed out that Keating said "I don't care what somebody did in college, as long as he didn't kill somebody."

"If Governor Keating thinks it's okay for George Bush to possibly use cocaine as a young person, then why is he taking such a hard line stance on Oklahoma kids who've made mistakes with illegal drugs?" Shurden said. "If he wants to be a compassionate conservative and forgive Mr. Bush's alleged transgressions, that's his business, but he should at least have the political courage to be a consistent compassionate conservative and apply the same approach in Oklahoma. Anything less is hypocritical."

Apparently, Keating didn't take that advice, especially concerning someone in the opposite political party.

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