The Evil of Two Lessers?

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Mon Aug 7 14:08:15 PDT 2000

Nathan Newman wrote:

>The moralists didn't lose the impeachment battle; the people who wanted to
>make political decisions based on that moralism lost. In fact, Lieberman
>is the perfect embodiment of the basic public attitudes and desires of the
>American people- "Bad President, bad bad President - sin no more and keep
>that stock market rolling."

No I don't believe that. Clinton's approval ratings rose with the crisis and stayed there. Following Zizek's analysis of Waldheim's poll pop over his "equivocations" about his Nazi past, I'd say the American public identified strongly with Clinton's equivocations - they want furtive encounters to stay safely furtive. The moralizing doesn't really sell anymore. Ask Paul Weyrich.


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