21 January, 2021

Manna From Heaven

After stunning poll gains, Clinton's impeachment woes may end

Manna From Heaven

"Elections are my best friends." —William Jefferson Clinton

CALL him Slick Willie or the Comeback Kid or even a Political Houdini. For Bill Clinton, the November 3 elections was the best thing that could have happened as he was engaged in desperate trench warfare with the Republicans seeking his political scalp over the Monica S. Lewinsky affair. The American electorate, as much as they mistrust Clinton and despise his moral lapses, yet again stood by the president, much to the shock of pollsters and pundits. Clinton had done it again—found the political Teflon he needed to survive in office for the next two years.

"In the end, we didn't change the landscape, but we redefined the agenda," says Peter Hart, the influential Washington DC-based Democratic pollster. "We're not going to spend the next two years on impeachment. We'll move back to the public's business." And John Pitney, professor at Claremont McKenna College near Los Angeles, echoes the sentiments: "The top priority for...



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