Did Bill Clinton change the rules on the American political landscape?
Did his popularity, in spite of the likelihood that he was a sexual predator, change how Americans view sex and politics?
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Conservatives continue to despise deviant sexuality in their politicians, but they seem to have resigned themselves to voting for the “lesser of two evils” (politically speaking) when it comes to their candidate’s sexual misadventures.
This process may be playing out again in Alabama as voters try to decide if they should vote for Roy Moore, even as questions about his past behavior swirl around his candidacy.
On NBC’s Meet the Press veteran prognosticator Charlie Cook wonders if Moore is still the likely favorite, in large part because of Bill Clinton’s past sins:
“I would argue that the rules have changed in the last 25 years, Bill Clinton in 1992, before the New Hampshire primary was hit with Gennifer Flowers telephone recordings, the Vietnam draft story. In the old days, he would have dropped out, and if he didn’t he would have lost. But he toughed it out, he survived. All the way up through last year with the Billy Bush tape… Normally the candidate would have dropped out. Donald Trump stayed in and won. So I don’t know what is going to happen here — you really can’t predict anymore.”