As usual, Mark Twain had it right when he reputedly said, “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” He might have been envisioning the current Clinton drama and whether the nation learned anything from the last one.
Seventeen years after the United States Senate rejected two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, America is getting a mulligan. It’s getting another chance to prove we really are a nation of laws, that rich and poor, powerful and weak — and the Clintons — stand equal before a blindfolded Justice.
Because this second test comes from Hillary Clinton, and also involves probable criminal actions, it is imperative that we get it right this time. The nation is still paying a big price for getting it wrong in 1999.
By beating charges of which he was clearly guilty, Bill Clinton proved that equal justice is an ideal, not a fact. He was acquitted of perjury and obstruction because he was too big and popular to convict over actions that grew out of a sex scandal.