Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the by Beverly Moran

By Beverly Moran

With the threat of prosecution after his time period is over and the opportunity of disbarment in Arkansas placing over President Clinton, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the occasions that experience it convey no signal of abating. The query has turn into what to do, and the way to imagine, approximately these 8 months. Did the President lie or used to be it believable that he had in truth testified to no sexual dating? was once the activity look for Monica simply aid for a chum or a sinister technique of acquiring silence? whether all of the fees have been real, did impeachment stick with or used to be censure adequate? And what are the lasting repercussions at the workplace of the Presidency? Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency within the Age of Political Spectacle takes a multi-disciplinary method of examine the Clinton impeachment from political views around the spectrum. The authors try and tease out the meanings of the scandal from the vantage aspect of legislations, faith, public opinion, and politics, either public and private. additional, the impeachment itself is positioned generally in the modern American liberal kingdom and mined for the contradictory chances for reconciliation it finds in our tradition. participants: David T. Canon, John Cooper, Drucilla Cornell, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Robert W. Gordon, Lawrence Joseph, Leonard V. Kaplan, David Kennedy, Kenneth R. Mayer, Beverly I. Moran, Father Richard John Neuhaus, David Novak, Linda Denise Oakley, Elizabeth Rapaport, Lawrence Rosen, Eric Rothstein, Aviam Soifer, Lawrence M. Solan, Cass R. Sunstein, Stephen Toulmin, Leon Trakman, Frank Tuerkheimer, Mark V. Tushnet, Andrew D. Weiner, Robin L. West.

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During the next scandal, there will again be jeremiads about the decline of patriarchal civilization. Feminists will have other chances to focus intellectually and politically on the historical and natural objectives of the movement, which include both combating sexual exploitation and holding out the hope of a better sexual future. notes 1. “What’s News World-Wide,” Wall Street Journal, January 27, 1998, A1. 2. See Jeffrey Toobin, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President (New York: Random House, 1999), the fullest account to date of the Clinton scandal and impeachment.

3 Here people are influenced by what others say and do, not because they think that those others are likely to be correct (that would be an informational influence), but because they want to preserve their reputations. The basic idea is that people care about what others think of them, and they speak out or remain silent partly in order to cultivate the approval of others, even at the price of failing to say what they really think. Suppose, for example, that A believes that hazardous waste dumps pose a serious environmental problem; suppose too that B is skeptical.

Nothing like this happened. Instead, feminists responded to the President’s affair with the intern by concluding that (1) it was merely a breach of private morality, or (2) it was neither morally nor politically problematic for feminists (consensual sex), or (3) it was exploitation not barred by law, and lacking sufficient Sex and Politics at the Close of the Twentieth Century 25 gravity inherently or when measured against the value of the President to his feminist allies (Which? ) to justify casting the President out of office.

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