Demotion? Has Clinton Turned the Bully Pulpit into a Lectern?
This chapter offers a prognosis of Bill Clinton's legacy, focusing on the crucial dimension of political leadership. Until its official expiry date in January 2001, the Clinton administration, barring mortal fate-tempting scandal, probably will continue with its beguiling mixture of rope-hugging tenacity and pugnacious recovery.
From the outset, the administration encountered considerable difficulty in defining, articulating, and staying on its message. In the wake of the 1994 midterm elections, it found itself waging hand-to-hand combat with a Republican Congress, while often appearing to fritter away the prerogatives of the presidency in the politics of least common denominators. Arguably, the administration's difficulties in sustaining its course unfolded independently of its susceptibility to scandal--although the more "mature" rendering of the Clinton legacy certainly must take that dimension into consideration.
There are pulpits and then there are lecterns. If you visit the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., you will see a massive structure in the right-hand side of the