The Flytrap Blame Game

Politics and policy.
Aug. 29 1998 3:30 AM

The Flytrap Blame Game

Who really deserves sympathy? And who doesn't? Slate keeps score.

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Minuses:

a) Has known about Clinton's woman problem since 1992.

b) Happily parroted Clinton's denial despite knowing that Clinton was a deceitful womanizer.

c) Has not expressed the slightest chagrin or disappointment since Clinton's apology.

d) Has not retreated from vicious attacks on Starr, despite evidence of Clinton's lies.

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Pluses:

a) Perfectly loyal.

b) Consistent in attacks against Starr.

Slate rating: -5

Bruce Lindsey (The public's rating: To be determined)

Minuses:

a) Not yet known what he did to protect Clinton from the Lewinsky affair. Early signs suggest he knew a lot and helped clean it up.

Pluses:

a) Unquestionably loyal to his boss.

b) Silent.

Slate rating--Not enough information to make a clean guess: Approx -5

Vernon Jordan (The public's rating: +3)

Minuses:

a) May have known and must have suspected that Lewinsky was a mistress (given that he and Clinton are confidants, it's hard to believe that Jordan was totally in the dark about her).

b) Protected too readily by Washington establishment.

Pluses:

a) May have helped Lewinsky simply because he's bighearted and generous not because she was the president's lover.

Slate rating: -4

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