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There is one redeeming feature of the Clinton sex scandal: the American public is steadfast in its reluctance to think like lawyers

By Jonathan Rauch   November 1998

Having promised to make his government “look like America,” President Clinton promptly produced a cabinet whose 18 members included 14 lawyers. Our president, vice-president and first lady are lawyers; lawyers make up 40 per cent of Congress; and Washington’s elite is dominated by lawyers. If you wonder who Clinton thinks he is kidding when he insists that receiving oral sex is not sex, think about that first cabinet of his. In lawyer-land, Clinton is doing the smart thing.

Ritual disclaimer: some of my best friends are lawyers. Lawyers do many good things. Well, they do some good things. But, inspecting…

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