Ross Douthat: What if Ken Starr was right?

The New York Times columnist reassesses the case against Clinton

Nov 19, 2017
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Ross Douthat is a scrupulously fair-minded commentator, and in light of the Democrat disgust at the Clinton-Weinstein culture of hypocrisy and abuse, undertakes a review of the events surround ex-President Bill Clinton and the Republicans’ attempt to remove him from office.  It is an exercise worth revisiting for many as the issue of moral conduct becomes a more pressing issue for all political parties:

“The longer I spent with these old stories, the more I came back to a question: If exploiting a willing intern is a serious enough abuse of power to warrant resignation, why is obstructing justice in a sexual harassment case not serious enough to warrant impeachment? Especially when the behavior is part of a longstanding pattern that also may extend to rape? Would any feminist today hesitate to take a similar opportunity to remove a predatory studio head or C.E.O.?

And what the Democrats did instead — turning their party into an accessory to Clinton’s appetites, shamelessly abandoning feminist principle, smearing victims and blithely ignoring his most credible accuser, all because Republicans funded the investigations and they’re prudes and it’s all just Sexual McCarthyism feels in the cold clarity of hindsight like a great act of partisan deformation.

For which, it’s safe to say, we have all been amply punished since.”

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