12/14/2007 10:55 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Shaheen Has A Point

Barack Obama ought to personally assure Democratic voters that he has told all there is to tell about his youthful drug use, and that there is nothing else along these lines that might undermine him as a party nominee. Obama adviser David Axelrod told reporters on Thursday that Obama only used drugs up until age 20, and that he had not sold drugs or shared them with friends.

Still, Democrats should insist on firm assurances that there are no surprises that Republicans might surface on election-eve in November if Obama is the party nominee. Throughout the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush managed to dodge detailed questions about his partying past in the same way that Obama's team is now doing - by calling foul against anyone who brings it up. But in the final weekend before the 2000 election a drunk driving arrest surfaced that Bush had never revealed. It almost cost him the race.

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