I expect the events of the Bill Clinton Presidency WRT to this matter to be more fully explored in the future. But as of right now, it’s the most vivid example of “what goes down comes around” I have ever seen in US Politics.
- If the Democrats had supported the removal of Clinton as opposed to circling the wagons, it would have been because they acknowledged the power dynamic in the abuse of all of Clinton’s victims. It is not out of the realm of possibility that in the ensuing dust-up (the one we are now having today) that tens of thousands of women abused in the last two decades would have been spared that ignominy.
- Politically, Al Gore would have taken over the Presidency. Clinton’s policies would have continued until the end of the original Clinton term.
- Considering the closeness of the 2000 election, it is likely that Al Gore would have won the 2000 election as an incumbent. If that happened, Iraq wouldn’t have happened, and the GOP resistance to climate change would never have metastasized the way it did.
- The Clinton surplus would still have gone away because the dot-com meltdown and 9/11 would have occurred, but the Bush tax cuts wouldn’t have been implemented, resulting in a less grim financial situation nationally.
- Statistics say that the 2004 POTUS would have been a Republican. There is really no telling what would have happened on the policy level, but what WOULD have happened (because it was baked in and had nothing to do with Bush economic policy) was the 2008 meltdown. Thus, it is probable that the GOP POTUS would have been a one-termer, and Obama still elected in 2008.
- In 2016, statistics would again favor a GOP POTUS, but because of (1) above, Trump would have been unelectable. No telling which of the other candidates would have succeeded.
Interesting to speculate on, eh? But it all started because politicians failed to do the right thing with Mr. Clinton.