Catching The Starr Bug

The Starr Method, invented and deployed in Washington, has made its way to the states. Call it the Starr Devolution. In South Carolina this week, allies of Jim Hodges, the Democrat running against G.O.P. Governor David Beasley, plan to ask Beasley about--you guessed it--infidelity. In a political twist that surely has both parties' elders shuddering, the Democrats will attempt to depose Beasley on Thursday at a law office just a few blocks from the Governor's office. A Democratic Party lawyer, Cameron Lewis, tells TIME he has no intention of subjecting Beasley to the kind of detailed grand jury inquisition undergone by...

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