Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle

Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle

by Leonard V. Kaplan, Beverly Moran, Beverly I. Moran
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814747426

ISBN-13: 9780814747421

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

With the specter of prosecution after his term is over and the possibility of disbarment in Arkansas hanging over President Clinton, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the events that have followed it show no sign of abating. The question has become what to do, and how to think, about those eight months. Did the President lie or was it plausible that he had

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With the specter of prosecution after his term is over and the possibility of disbarment in Arkansas hanging over President Clinton, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the events that have followed it show no sign of abating. The question has become what to do, and how to think, about those eight months. Did the President lie or was it plausible that he had truthfully testified to no sexual relationship? Was the job search for Monica just help for a friend or a sinister means of obtaining silence? Even if all the charges were true, did impeachment follow or was censure enough? And what are the lasting repercussions on the office of the Presidency?

Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle takes a multi-disciplinary approach to analyze the Clinton impeachment from political perspectives across the spectrum. The authors attempt to tease out the meanings of the scandal from the vantage point of law, religion, public opinion, and politics, both public and personal. Further, the impeachment itself is situated broadly within the contemporary American liberal state and mined for the contradictory possibilities for reconciliation it reveals in our culture.

Contributors: 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814747421
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
Critical America Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Part IPolitics
1A Case Study in Group Polarization (with Warnings for the Future)11
2Sex and Politics at the Close of the Twentieth Century: A Feminist Looks Back at the Clinton Impeachment and the Thomas Confirmation Hearings22
3Public, Private, and the Gender Division of Emotional Labor34
4Everything You Thought You Knew about Impeachment Is Wrong47
5Pierre Elliot Trudeau: A Canadian Scandal?63
Part IILaw
6Comparing the Independent Counsel to Other Prosecutors: Privilege and Other Issues83
7Legalizing Outrage97
8The Gold Standard and Guilt-Edged Insecurities: The Impeachment Crucible as Tragic Farce113
9Sex, Harm, and Impeachment129
10Impeachment: A (Civil) Religious Perspective150
11The Constitutional Politics of the Clinton Impeachment162
Part IIIShaping Public Opinion
12Ontology in the Clinton Era179
13All We Had to Do Was Rationalize the Sex186
14Perjury and Impeachment: The Rule of Law or the Rule of Lawyers?199
15Impeachment and Enchanting Arts212
16A Year after the Acquittal in the Impeachment Trial226
Part IVReligion
17An Un-Christian Pursuit237
18Abuse of Power as a Cultural Construct243
19Bill Clinton and the American Character253
20The Clinton Scandal: Law and Morals267
Part VThe Political Is Personal
21The Spectacle and the Libertine279
22The Political Is Personal297
23Dropped Drawers: A Viewpoint312
Conclusion: The Penultimate: The Meaning of Impeachment and Liberal Governance321
Contributors353
Index359

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