One problem for President Donald Trump, The New York Times said a couple months ago, is that he is not enough like President Bill Clinton, who “faced impeachment with discipline.”
The other day, however, The Washington Post noted that Trump is belatedly “taking a page out of the Clinton playbook,” by trying to project that he is “relentlessly focused on doing the business of the American people.”
Hmm. … Here is a subject—what Clinton was like during impeachment—I know well, from reporting at the time and extensive reconstructions with key players afterward. It is an arcane specialty that I had assumed had long since been filed away in the basement, exhumed occasionally over drinks and remember-that-one-time stories with aging sources and colleagues.