Engineer, Stop This Train

A maxim in Washington, as elsewhere, is to be careful of what you wish for, since the gods may grant it. For Republicans who sought a full-blown impeachment process, the problem is figuring out how to retreat now that voters have made clear how unpopular that crusade is. The post-Gingrich turmoil in the G.O.P. House leadership has created a vacuum on the issue. For Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde, who wants to bring things to the fastest possible conclusion, that represents an opportunity to act with a minimum of interference from diehards who still want Clinton's head. There was no dissent...

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