Crapulent is a hard word to say, especially when drunk.
And drunk is what it means.
Oh, but there are so many much lovelier ways of saying drunk. Sozzled, for instance. Rat-faced. Merry. Or the Scots fou as a wulk. Or the sailors' four sheets to the wind...
...and politicians tend to be emotional.
Word not to use today: crapulent. This word is from the Greek word kraipalē, meaning hangover.