Despite Best Efforts, Condit Appeared Dishonest in Interview

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, August 27, 2001

Despite Best Efforts, Condit Appeared Dishonest in Interview

Bill Clinton made lying look so easy, now everybody thinks they can do it. Gary Condit tried in his Thursday night interview with ABC's Connie Chung. Unfortunately for him, he looked like he wasn't telling the truth. He was trying to act without much experience. Oh, I'm sure he is practiced at lying to his wife, but that's small potatoes compared to the big time where Bill Clinton once reigned.

Condit completely lacked any credibility; refusing even to admit his sexual relationship with Chandra Levy and claiming he was being quiet for the sake of his "family" and the Levy family. He certainly didn't take his family into consideration when he was having extramarital affairs with so many women.

The lesson in all of this is that what we tolerate in a president we will get in others. We tolerated this stuff in President Clinton, now a lowly congressman thinks he can get away with it. Media advisers and lawyers coached Condit. He came off as a dishonest cad. But in the post-Bill Clinton era, that may not be enough to cost him his congressional seat. Maybe the voters will put someone in his place just so they can claim a moral victory, but I wouldn't bet on it. The ghost of Bill Clinton will haunt this country for years to come. But then maybe it was never about Clinton. Maybe he and Condit and others are merely a reflection of most of the country.