In this chapter, the results of the applications will be integrated to discuss the theoretical contributions of this study, admit some limitations, and propose areas for future research. It will begin with a review of which strategies were used to what effect in each study. After that, the theoretical implications will be discussed. This will be followed by sections addressing limitations and possibilities for future research.
In Clinton’s first brush with major scandal in his 1992 campaign, he relied on the denial and bolstering strategies. He denied doing anything illegal during his period of draft eligibility during the late 1960s. Also, he denied acting opportunistically within the letter of the law in order to evade the draft. He used bolstering to talk about his general patriotism and military leadership of the Arkansas National Guard. He also used defeasibility, transcendence, differentiation, good intentions, minimization, and attack accuser to a lesser extent. See Table 9.1.
His discourse was largely effective in spite of the series of events in 1969 that could lead one to believe that Clinton had no intention of participating in the draft voluntarily. There was no evidence that he broke the letter of the law. Moreover, the charge that he evaded the draft opportunistically was