By Beverly Moran
With the threat of prosecution after his time period is over and the potential of disbarment in Arkansas putting over President Clinton, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the occasions that experience it convey no signal of abating. The query has develop into what to do, and the way to imagine, approximately these 8 months. Did the President lie or used to be it believable that he had in truth testified to no sexual courting? used to be the activity look for Monica simply support for a chum or a sinister technique of acquiring silence? whether all of the fees have been real, did impeachment persist with or used to be censure sufficient? And what are the lasting repercussions at the place of work of the Presidency? Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency within the Age of Political Spectacle takes a multi-disciplinary method of learn the Clinton impeachment from political views around the spectrum. The authors try to tease out the meanings of the scandal from the vantage element of legislation, faith, public opinion, and politics, either public and private. additional, the impeachment itself is positioned generally in the modern American liberal kingdom and mined for the contradictory chances for reconciliation it unearths in our tradition. participants: David T. Canon, John Cooper, Drucilla Cornell, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Robert W. Gordon, Lawrence Joseph, Leonard V. Kaplan, David Kennedy, Kenneth R. Mayer, Beverly I. Moran, Father Richard John Neuhaus, David Novak, Linda Denise Oakley, Elizabeth Rapaport, Lawrence Rosen, Eric Rothstein, Aviam Soifer, Lawrence M. Solan, Cass R. Sunstein, Stephen Toulmin, Leon Trakman, Frank Tuerkheimer, Mark V. Tushnet, Andrew D. Weiner, Robin L. West.
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Extra resources for Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle
There is safety in numbers. But the collective action problem was quite serious; without concerted action by a nontrivial number of Republicans, any particular defector would be in potential trouble. The same dynamic was at work for any Democrat who favored impeachment. The signal would be one of capitulation to a Republican witch-hunt—a signal that would be all the louder if very few Democrats were defecting. Once defections started, they could be hard to stop, because after a certain “tipping point” the loud signal would be muffled.
My claim, in sum, is that the effect of various public-private splits effected by the triumphant liberal consensus was to further privatize the private world and to reduce the concerns of women to whatever could be expressed in a language of often cloying sentiment, as that private world was cut off even further from public discourse. Women were key players within social bodies as churchgoers or union members, and in these and similar civic spaces powerful political and social concerns about the legitimacy of family commitments as a form not just of private but of public membership of a particular sort, could be sustained.
3 (Summer 1998): 151–70. 3. See Timur Kuran, Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995). Chapter 2 Sex and Politics at the Close of the Twentieth Century A Feminist Looks Back at the Clinton Impeachment and the Thomas Conﬁrmation Hearings Elizabeth Rapaport When the Lewinsky scandal was fresh, when we were all still wondering how far the press would go, and whether this bimbo eruption would have political legs, the reaction of feminists to the President’s Predicament was eagerly anticipated.