Today's date:
Winter 1999

Partisan Impeachment for Private Acts Challenges the Constitution

Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the American historian and one-time aide to President John F. Kennedy, is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning author whose most recent book includes The Disuniting of America (WW Norton, 1998).

New York - What's it all about, this brawl in Washington? Some think it is about punishing an adulterous and mendacious president. Others think it is about protecting the democratic process against a vengeful attempt to undo a presidential election. Perhaps a historical perspective may have its uses - not that historians are wiser than anybody else (they aren't) but they are more professionally inclined to look at the long-term impact on our constitutional order.

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