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  •  I disagree on your "cheap political gain" point. (23+ / 0-)

    I think that actually the Lewinsky bullshit had a lot to do with the closeness of the Gore-Bush election. (I'm not going to say that it made Bush win. Thank you kindly, USSC.) The Lewinsky trial was very effective at tarnishing the Clinton presidency. And Al Gore, by virtue of association, paid the price for that. Our friend Newt paved the way for a tremendous amount of damage to be wrought upon this country. There was nothing "cheap" about it, as far as I'm concerned.

    Think about what could have been done as far as climate change, the economy, the Middle East- the list goes on and on. There's a shit ton of evil that lays at Newt's feet, and if it takes another creepy "sex scandal" to take him down, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

    •  Newt can't take, or be given credit for all that (2+ / 0-)
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      JBL55, Deep Texan

      Shit, Kenneth Starr and Clinton's stupid moves get the blame.
      And yes he totally blew it for Gore.  Pun intended.

    •  Great point (0+ / 0-)

      Thinking of all the damage he's been able to do as Not President makes me shutter in horror as to the damage he could do as President.
      Give the shmuck credit for cahones though.  It takes a special kind of unawareness of self to be that hypocritical.  Or megalomania.

      Well, I guess I don't know what you mean by "equal justice under the law." - Bushy McSpokesperson

      by gatorcog on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 09:26:12 AM PST

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    •  A charismatic leader (0+ / 0-)

      inspires lots of positive and negative emotions.  Unfortunately, the negative ones transfer much more easily to his successor.

      I want to limit the power of government. Specifically, I want to limit the power of government to create artificial superpeople and give them the same rights as human beings.

      by happymisanthropy on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:30:06 AM PST

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    •  Lewinsky biz led to Joe Lieberman as VP candidate. (0+ / 0-)

      There was this (hare-brained) idea that because Lieberman had strongly criticized Clinton, choosing him would strengthen the ticket and distance the Democratic brand from the scandal.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 04:06:28 PM PST

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