With the recent DUI troubles of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, a celebrity movement is forming to push back against stiff DWI laws. Lindsay Lohan has become something of a poster child for the movement due to her latest arrest.
The fledgling group has no name as yet. Mel Gibson (2006 DWI arrest) leads one faction said to be pushing for SJDL, for Stop Jewish Drinking Laws. Paris Hilton's faction, which includes Nicole Richie and Lohan, is mulling HOT because Paris likes that word.
Support is coming from some surprising places. President Bush (1976 DWI) and Vice President Cheney (1962 and 1963) are said to be on board, along with Congressman Patrick Kennedy (2006) and his father, Senator Ted Kennedy (1969 Chappaquiddick incident). The senior Kennedy has invited all three young ladies to the Kennedy compound to "have a few drinks and see what happens next." Kennedy family connections with Governor Schwarzenegger may be a key factor in California.
Despite the celebrity interest, political pundits say that the chances of serious reform are slim to none.