Burly Pundits Boast of Their Drunken Bar Fights in Defense of Supreme Court Nom Brett Kavanaugh


A great Twitter debate is raging: How mashed can you get without blacking out?

It’s a conversation that was sparked by the allegations against embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of drunken sexual misconduct by two women.

Despite promising the Senate Judiciary Committee that he absolutely LOVES a good Natty Light, Kavanaugh maintained that he never blacked out from drinking or experienced memory loss. On Monday night, the New York Times reported that Kavanaugh was questioned by police for his involvement in a bar fight after an apparently wild UB40 concert in 1985.

Ross Douthat, a contributor to the august New York Times opinion pages, suggested on Monday that blacking out is not required for drunkenly throwing down.

He wrote on Twitter: “I’ve been in two bar fights, though I suppose one was technically a ‘Jumbo Slice fight.’ (In neither was I anywhere close to blackout drunk.)”

Douthat did not elaborate on the definition of a “Jumbo Slice fight.” Mediaite assumes he means that he got into a fight at a pizza restaurant that specializes in massive slices of pie.

Charles Gasparino, Fox Business Network’s burliest correspondent, was undaunted.

“Ive been in dozens of bar fights (ask the guys I grew up with),” he wrote in response to Douthat, “nearly lost an eye in one and that’s just one of the injuries (I have the scarred stitch marks to prove the rest)”.

Gasparino ended his tweet with a warning to those foolish enough to try him: “never been black out drunk but I have had to defend myself, which I am still perfectly capable of doing.”

It’s unclear whether Gasparino’s tweet was in defense of Kavanaugh, or just another addition to his long history of flexing on the timeline.

Gasparino later brought up the tweet on Fox Business Network in a segment with Neil Cavuto, who joked that he’s gotten into fights at Ponderosa, a chain of buffet steakhouses.

Watch above, via Fox Business Network.

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