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.