The idea that Clinton's "approval" represents something new and immoral in the country is historically shortsighted. In 1884, a Victorian electorate shrugged off Grover Cleveland's confessed paternity of an out-of-wedlock son. Didn't matter. Cleveland's role, like Rutherford Hayes' and Warren Harding's, was to take care of business. Clinton is said to be concerned with shaping a historical legacy, but as may be noted from his failed medical care program, his unpopular anti-Iraq saber rattling, and his largely ignored dialogue on race, the care of business is pretty much all that's wanted of Clinton, too.
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