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