The Political Interest:The Lies of George and Bill

The Lies of George and Bill

BILL CLINTON DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO DODGE the draft, and George Bush was up to his neck in the Iran-contra affair. Assume these conclusions (as most people do) because available evidence and common sense effectively refute the candidates' denials. Now what? Leave aside the actions themselves; they are less troublesome than the dissembling designed to conceal them. Is one lie somehow worse than the other? Does one reflect more negatively than the other on a politician's fitness to serve as President?

Within the memory of many who will choose between Bush and Clinton, official lying once stunned the nation. In...

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