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Mar 16, 1998, Vol. 3, No. 26 • By DAVID FRUM
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America has of course survived presidential lawlessness in the past. FDR and LBJ had nothing to learn from Bill Clinton about abuse of the FBI and spying on enemies. But the difference this time is that the president has been caught while still in office. If Clinton prevails, he will become the first president to flout the law openly, in sight of the whole country, and survive. It is hard to imagine a more destructive attack on the first principles of republican self-government and the rule of law than that. Which is why, despite the poll numbers, nobody with faith in America should doubt that, in the end, the president must lose.

David Frum is a conributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.