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With the threat of prosecution after his time period is over and the potential of disbarment in Arkansas striking over President Clinton, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the occasions that experience it express no signal of abating. The query has develop into what to do, and the way to imagine, approximately these 8 months. Did the President lie or was once it believable that he had in truth testified to no sexual dating? used to be the task look for Monica simply aid for a chum or a sinister technique of acquiring silence? no matter if the entire fees have been precise, did impeachment persist 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 research 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 legislation, faith, public opinion, and politics, either public and private. extra, the impeachment itself is positioned widely in the modern American liberal kingdom and mined for the contradictory chances for reconciliation it unearths in our tradition. members: 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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Of course there are multiple independent reasons why this may be so. Democrats tend to like President Clinton and Republicans tend not to like him. But part of electoral polarization, on the question of impeachment, is undoubtedly a result of the social mechanisms discussed here. Conclusion and a Warning What lessons do these points have for social dynamics, especially in the context of highly visible public debates? Certainly they do not explain the whole picture. But they provide part of any account of why a vast majority of Republicans may think one thing and a vast majority of Democrats the opposite, when independent judgments by members would seem to make this pattern entirely inexplicable.

If this explanation contains some truth, it helps account for party-line thinking more generally within legislatures and within the citizenry—and raises a host of questions and doubts about the value and consequences of group deliberation. Indeed we may regard the idea of “party-line thinking” very broadly. Often, for example, members of the Christian right, or of feminist organizations, will move in extreme directions, largely because their conversations tend to be internal, with like-minded people talking to one another.

8 No doubt there were some Americans for whom perjury and obstruction issues were indeed the heart of the matter, but for the majority of Clinton’s supporters and opponents the impeachment and trial were about sex. II That feminists would be part of this consensus, though, requires some explanation. For thirty years feminists have insisted that the personal was also political. Feminists have striven to combat the hysterical blindness that had kept women as well as men from publicly naming wrongs suffered by women at home and on the job.

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