It may sound like an extremely expensive way to close the proverbial barn door. But the truth is, not even Clinton knows how many wild horses are left inside. Lewinsky changed everything; Judge Susan Webber Wright is said to be considering holding Clinton in contempt of court, and Jones' newly energized appeal was set to begin next month in Minnesota. And then there's Congress. If the President can settle before the vote on whether to open impeachment hearings, scheduled for October 5 or 6, he may well have done an end run around his conservative enemies on the Judiciary Committee. After all, how would it look if they voted for an inquiry when the original case has not only been dismissed, but settled? At the very least, a settlement would make it hard for the committee to justify releasing the videotape of the President's Jones testimony from January. Clinton may wish he could negotiate Henry Hyde's price as easily as Paula Jones'.