To any friend of the US and believer in US democracy, the issue is both serious and farcical. Few men and women would survive this degree of scrutiny over their lifelong sex lives, but Clinton has suffered not just because he is a President who has played the legal game like all his fellow, litigious countrymen, but because he gives so much offence to the Right.
Mr Clinton really has been the victim, as his wife Hillary claimed, of a right-wing conspiracy.
MONICA IS convinced that she had every right to a nice job at the centre of power, secured through a friend of a friend rather than by her own efforts. Then to jump up and down on the Rose Garden lawn, attracting attention, and then to smile and flirt and seduce the Commander-in-Chief would seem quite natural. To Monica, this was just what White House intern meant. An opportunity, yes, but not a bottom-rung sort of opportunity. An opportunity, instead, to reap the rewards of privilege without having to work for them.
THERE IS no doubt about it. President Bill Clinton is going to have to pull an Oprah Winfrey, go on TV, weep, gnash his teeth, say he's sorry and promise it will never happen again. Whatever happens, he will have to apologise to the American people. He will say he lied to protect Monica, his family and his friends. Yes, he had sex with her - once - in a moment of weakness, she stalked him like a seducer, he is sorry and that he wants to move on. Will America buy it? Americans are forgiving people. They will, I fear, forgive him.
Tucker Carlson Sunday Mirror
I DON'T care for Bill Clinton or his politics, and like most people I enjoy a good hanging. Yet if I could, I would be the first to throw myself under the wheels of the tumbril to prevent it reaching the scaffold. I doubt whether anyone believes his protestations of personal innocence, least of all his wife, but, God help us, he is also President of the United States of America. And America, after its long voyage through depression and dismay, has begun to recover its sense of purpose and its enthusiasm for leadership. We need America.
Our world is more volatile and uncertain than ever. We need America brave, bold and self-assured. Not on its knees once more.
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