Points of clarification

Soon, perhaps in a matter of days, the impeachment trial of President Clinton will be over. Clinton will, presumably, remain in office after receiving some kind of censure. Lots of people will heave a sigh of relief simply because the ordeal is over. Indeed, the temptation will be to want to forget entirely about the whole tawdry saga, from Linda Tripp to Robert Livingston.

That would be unfortunate insofar as the issues of character in public life, the relation of public and private morality, and the scandal-mongering, litigious nature of contemporary politics demand further discussion. In addition, there are some specific questions that require clarification before another president, whether Democrat or Republican, is investigated and faced with impeachment.

 

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