Of The Day
But, sometimes not every day.
Well, in the end, it wasn't the formerly great
Henry Hyde. It wasn't the now-gone Speaker of the House Gingrich.
It wasn't the passionately outraged Tom Delay or the diminishing
Senator Lott. It wasn't even the backstabbing Linda or the unrelenting
Monica that truly did the trick. And the trick wasn't done on
the President, either. It was a mild-mannered young woman. After
13 conservative men attacking, and then two male defenders for
the President, she stepped to the podium and did what none before
had been able to do. She changed things. And, she changed minds.
"Those stubborn facts," she said, describing the glaring
discrepancies in the Republican managers' case. "They won't
go away. They keep pounding, like the telltale heart." She
showed the world how the Managers would choose among the gifts,
find the one that was ambiguous, and then twist the words of
Betty Currie and the President and not even mention the other
10 cases where it was perfectly clear that there was no collusion.
She helped them understand that friendship is not a conspiracy
and trying to put the best light on things is not perjury. She
attacked the Republican's
disingenuous call for civil rights leaders to join them because
of the "attack on the House Of Civil Rights." And she
took that moment to illustrate passionately Clinton's record
in that department. By the time she walked away from the podium
the Senate was in deep contemplative silence as the clicking
of her heels echoed in the air. The only
sound was the changing of minds and a distant bell tolling for
this colossal waste of time and energy. In interviews afterward
it was clear. Something important had happened. There was shifting
of emphasis. It's over. And now the impeachment of the ultra-conservatives
and of the Republican party begins. As predicted much
earlier, we are now reentering an era of progressive ascendancy.
The Presidency and the Congress. The Governors and local officials.
Those who speak in human terms and progressive terms, without
moral judgments will advance. For the others, it will be confusing
and they will fight it, but it's now too late. A generation of
Americans have been completely turned off. That will have lasting
Just you wait and see.