Quotation by Jim Hoagland

Just as a large segment of liberal political opinion never could accept Nixon as a "legitimate" president, neither can a large segment of conservative political opinion today accept Clinton's legitimacy in the Oval Office.... Nixon's slash-and-burn politics, Red-baiting and smarmy sanctimony earned him the undying enmity of otherwise tolerant liberals long before he turned the crime of Watergate into a fatal political blunder. For Clinton, draft ducking, toking on a marijuana cigarette and a family life that he acknowledges has not been perfect create the same effect: He is unable to establish moral authority with opponents who might otherwise be open to his centrist style and policies.
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