The New York Times
THE FASTER the Southern Republicans rush to dump Clinton, the greater his popularity will be among African Americans. Many blacks see impeachment as a thinly disguised attempt to hammer the President for acting and speaking out on black causes, and as a backdoor power grab for the White House in the year 2000 - and they're right. But as long as Southern Republicans control such a huge bloc of Congressional votes, they believe that impeachment is the civil war they can win. (Earl Ofari Hutchinson)
Los Angeles Times
IT WAS an earlier Democratic President, Andrew Jackson, who once told Congress that, while it was free to censure its own members, it had no right to censure the head of another, co-equal, branch of government. When he was censured, Old Hickory dared the Whigs to impeach him so he could defend himself at trial like a man. Now we have a Democratic President who wants Congress to censure him, pretty please, so he can avoid trial. Yes, surreal. Is this the Republic of Jefferson and Jackson, of Washington and Hamilton, or of PT Barnum and Bill Clinton?
THE NATION will not be best served by a Senate conviction, but, whatever is to be done, "then 't were well 't were done quickly", as Macbeth said about the disposition of another leader. As for censure, nothing could be more censorious than impeachment, with which Clinton's name will be forever linked.
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