a) Had his private life exposed to the world in a way no one's should be.
b) Has been persecuted by enemies who won't be satisfied until he is destroyed.
Slate rating--He never asked for our sympathy, and he doesn't deserve it: -9
Dick Morris (The public's rating: -6)
a) Encouraged Clinton's most deplorable habits: lying and polling. (When Clinton revealed his adultery to Morris, the political consultant immediately took a poll to see how America would respond to a Clinton admission. When the results suggested Americans would be angry if Clinton had perjured himself, Morris encouraged Clinton to deny the affair.)
b) Further sullied the Clintons with a revolting comment suggesting that Clinton cheats because Hillary is a lesbian.
c) Not even loyal enough to keep his mouth shut.
Pluses: I cannot think of any.
Slate rating: -7
Linda Tripp (The public's rating: -7)
a) Betrayed her "friend."
b) Obsessively nosed into the private lives of others.
c) Tried to score a book deal off sex gossip and other people's distress.
a) Whistleblower (see d under Minuses): risked humiliation to expose something she believed was wrong.
b) Smeared mercilessly by Clinton allies, the media.
Slate rating: -7
James Carville (The public's rating: -1)
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