A Pathological Condition

That is how some have described the contempt and animosity felt by those who are obsessed with the "crimes" of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Take former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot. Please. The week New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s marriage—and his candidacy for the U.S. Senate—disintegrated in dueling husband-and-wife press conferences, Noonan and Gigot explained it all on the Journal’s editorial page (May 12). Of the many things that could be said about the suddenly very public and very messy triangle of the mayor, his estranged wife, Donna Hanover, and his "very good friend" Judith Nathan, the superiority of Giuliani’s character and morality to that of the Clintons does not immediately leap to mind. But it did to both Noonan and Gigot. The unveiling of the mayor’s personal foibles "weren’t coolly planned and calculated," opined Noonan. "There was no finger wagging, no calling this lady a stalker and that one a liar, no perjury, no sending out a wife and appointees and aides to divide and conquer. It was all more ragged and human than that." This is a bit like praising the captain of the Titanic for his innocent love of icebergs. Whether Ms. Hanover thought her husband more "human" for announcing the end of their marriage at a news conference without first informing her is doubtful.

Gigot, who, like Noonan, never tires of denigrating the so-...

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