Clinton's Pyrrhic Victory

In January, Clinton decided to win by lies and delay. And he'll rue the day he did

It is perhaps the single most telling moment of the Clinton presidency. Right after the Lewinsky story breaks, Clinton is talking with Dick Morris. Clinton confesses that he did "something" and asks for advice. The question then, as always--in fact, the question of Clinton's life--is whether or not to tell the truth.

How does Clinton decide? They agree to take a poll.

For a man for whom words are what you want them to mean and truth is whatever story the public will buy, it was the natural thing to do. Morris returns with polls showing that if it is...

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