The Morning After: An Editorial Roundup
Sunday, December 20, 1998
For months, newspaper editorial writers around the country largely endorsed an agressive investigation of President Clinton's misconduct in the Monica Lewinsky affair. But on Sunday morning, many editorials were considerably less charitable about what Congress had wrought.
Following is a roundup of editorials from newspapers around the nation.
"Impeachment's supporters, in their enthusiasm to defend the legal system against President Clinton's abuses of it, ignored the long-range implications of their own votes."
New York Times:
"[After] an orderly, if misguided use of the constitutional process.... The way back to stability is adoption of a censure resolution that condemns Mr. Clinton for lying under oath, but allows him to remain in office."
Los Angeles Times:
demands a strong official rebuke of some form. But it's important to
remember that impeachment is a legal means of taking out of office a
president who threatens the well-being of the republic. Even Clinton's
most committed enemies, and he has made many, can't claim that
standard has been met."
New York Daily News:
"The stain will live for centuries, as long as the Constitution stands and
the Republic endures. That is what Republicans have wrought on
the narrowest of party-line votes over some lies about a sexual
affair. We damn them today. History will damn them forever."
"The House Republicans acted unwisely in
resorting to impeachment, the biggest
disciplinary stick in the constitutional arsenal,
instead of censure. But Clinton acted
immorally and illegally several times
over and his Democratic supporters, by
embracing him as they did, also embraced his
offenses. He will not do it, but we once again call on
Clinton to resign."
New York Post:
"The fact that Bill Clinton will not [resign] indeed,
probably will not even spend a minute considering the
option is the ultimate proof that he is unfit to hold
office one more minute."
"Now, with this leader's flaws written indelibly into the history books, the Senate must interject wisdom
and proportion into this high-stakes duel."
that extreme step and in barely avoiding the adoption of two accusations that were even
more ridiculous the Republicans thumbed their noses at the U.S. Constitution, at fairness,
at common sense and at the people"
"Dismissing impeachment as "purely partisan" is itself a partisan
attack a shameful insult to the men and women of
conscience and integrity who agonized over their votes."
Detroit Free Press:
"Do not think what we witnessed Saturday in
Washington is a victory for anyone or anything but
blind zeal and base politics."
"Partisanship and precipice met in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, and
the Republican majority leapt into the abyss by impeaching President Clinton on two
Wichita (Kan.) Eagle:
"As long as Americans trust the process outlined more than two centuries ago
by the framers of their Constitution and the vast majority does their nation
"Has everyone in Washington gone nuts?"
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