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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Slate rating: -2

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Betty Currie (The public's rating: +8)

Minuses:

a) Abetted adulterous affair.

b) May have abetted obstruction of justice.

c) Knew what she was getting into when she took the job so can't be excused on grounds of naiveté.

d) Did not quit on principle.

Pluses:

a) Reputation for honesty.

b) Probably dragooned into cover-up against her will.

Slate rating: -2

Paul Begala (The public's rating: 0)

Minuses:

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

b) Did not quit on principle after Clinton admitted lies.

Pluses:

a) Urged president to be contrite and wrote excellent, sufficiently apologetic speech.

b) Loyal.

Slate rating: -2

Rahm Emanuel (The public's rating: -1)

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