The Political Interest Where It Hurts

What rankles about whitewater? the facts most needed to judge the Clintons remain unknown. In their absence, the nation is left with a jumble of disturbing impressions. First is the sense that we've been here before. Bill Clinton is a famous corner cutter. Ask him about something he perceives as uncomfortable, and he goes into lawyer mode. "I've caused pain in my marriage," he said, when Gennifer Flowers' charges surfaced. He didn't outright admit to philandering. He said "everyone" knew what he meant, and probably everyone did, but Clinton wasn't going to be any clearer. He didn't break American laws, he...

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