WILLIAM McGURN on how the big winner, no matter how the election turns out, is . . .
. . . William Jefferson Clinton (nee Blythe):
Yet Mr. Clinton wins even if his wife loses. Because the Trump victory would mean the American people have bought the argument Bill Clinton has been selling ever since that first bimbo eruption: So long as a man has never pretended he is a choirboy, his sexual life has nothing to do with his fitness for office.
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[In 1998] Americans learned President Clinton had had a sexual relationship with an intern. Once again Mr. Clinton's initial instinct was to lie about it, publicly and defiantly. The dominant mood was he would have to resign.
But he didn't resign. Instead, he fought back. And he won, largely because he and his wife refused to abide by norms about the decent thing to do in such a circumstance.
In this sense, Donald Trump is the new Bill Clinton. And if he does pull of a win in November, it will be in good part because of a culture that Hillary Clinton did much to create.
("And the Winner Is . . . Bill Clinton," The Wall Street Journal, October 11, 2016)
. . . uphold the rule of law, says constitutional law professor John O. McGinnis.
We are left with the choice of a candidate who will be inclined to lawlessness by temperament [referring here to Mr. Trump] and one who will be inclined to lawlessness by ideology and circumstance [Ms. Clinton]. This unhappy dilemma is more evidence that we face . . .
[W]henever the current presidential election campaign [comes] up, the conversation is all to predictable. Someone will grow red in the face excoriating Donald Trump, calling him everything from an ignoramus to a Nazi; another . . . will rip Hillary Clinton, citing the usual rap sheet against her and her husband: . . .
. . . Donald John Trump in his acceptance speech. In context, “No one knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
Okay, class, for your mid-term examination, reconcile this statement with:
The theory of limited government embodied in . . .
. . . the United States Constitution, as expressed through the tri-partite structure of the federal government and the shared sovereignty of the federal-state system. Pay particular attention to the word alone.
Classic principles of liberalism (in the good sense of the word), with particular emphasis on consent of the governed and the rule of law.
Reaganism, with particular emphasis on the question of whether government is the principal engine of human advancement, a barrier to human advancement, or something in between.
Any concept of mental health you may wish to define and advocate, with particular emphasis on whether this statement is better evidence of healthy self-confidence or narcissistic personality disorder.
Barack Hussein Obama, with a comparison a Mr. Trump's and Mr. Obama's theories of presidential power.