President Clinton is not ashamed of being impeached, yet he will still say that what President Nixon did was shameful deserved not just impeachment, but conviction.
Nixon avoided this by doing the honorable thing and resigning from office. Even though he left in shame, he left the country in tact, with moral values reigning supreme in a sea of questionable activities and bad judgement.
The government righted itself and the office of president remained a hallowed position to aspire to.
Now, it has become little more than a PR seat for values clarification, and self-aggrandizement.
Even GW Bush is talking about increasing the size of his tent. If Gore can try and be expediently inclusive . . .why not the other side?
The office just isn’t what it used to be… except for one very important fact… it still has the power to appoint judges. So in spite of the demise of the office… the officer will still have incredible power.
If there is no shame by a man who has hurt the image of the office .. there should be no shame for those doing or saying anything to achieve the office. But maybe the voters will see it differently.