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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Sidney Blumenthal (The public's rating: -3)

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Minuses:

a) Spun the president's denial for months without bothering to check if it was true.

b) Pushed for Clinton to be aggressive rather than contrite during his speech.

c) Trumpeted Clinton's denial but has not expressed chagrin now that Clinton has admitted his lies.

Pluses:

a) Consistent in belief that Starr is an ideologue and that the sex charges are political.

b) Loyal.

Slate rating: -3

Lanny Davis (The public's rating: -1)

Minuses:

a) Spun the president's denial for months without bothering to check if it was true.

b) Said for seven months that we'd have to "wait and see." Then, when Clinton finally admitted his lies, Davis was hardly embarrassed or critical of the president.

Pluses:

a) Loyalty to old boss.

Slate rating: -3

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty

George Stephanopoulos (The public's rating: +4)

Minuses:

a) Hypocritical for him to "discover" in 1998 that Clinton is a lying dog. After all, he knew that Clinton was a lech in 1992 and helped cover it up. Yet he has never shouldered responsibility for the lies Clinton told then.

b) Disloyal to turn on old boss as viciously as he has in past few weeks.

Pluses:

a) Had courage to turn on old boss and criticize his moral lapses.

b) Urged Clinton to be fully contrite.

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