The impeachment of President Clinton is galvanizing many conservatives, but most voters say they don't care about the president's private life. So where does this leave the Republican Party? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the future of the G.O.P. Also, a look back at the private life of Eleanor Roosevelt.
David Brooks is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a conservative journal that has been among Ken Starr's strongest supporters. Brooks tells Judith Strasser that beyond impeachment, the Republican agenda starts to unravel, and he assesses the chances of likely Republican presidential hopefuls. Also, journalist Andrew Sullivan believes Republicans have turned into scolds. He tells Steve Paulson that real conservatives wouldn't keep harping on the moral shortcomings of the 60's generation. They'd try to keep government out of people's lives. Sullivan thinks the GOP has to cut loose of the Christian right if it is to survive.SEGMENT 2:
New York Times reporter Sam Verhovek has just completed a five year stint in Texas covering the rise of Governor George W. Bush. He tells Jim Fleming that Bush shares his father's educational background, but quickly gravitated back to Texas after graduating from Yale; that he has excellent political skills at public appearances, speaking Spanish where appropriate at his press conferences; and is poised for an effort to translate his popularity in Texas onto the national scene. Also, a bit of political humor from Scott Dikkers, editor-in-chief of The Onion, a parody newspaper read by 1.5 million people.SEGMENT 3:
Journalist Rodger Streitmatter has edited a book called "Empty without You." Its a collection of intimate letters exchanged by Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Streitmatter tells Steve Paulson that although publicly she was the devoted wife of FDR, privately the first lady reserved her affection for her friend. Excerpts from the letters are read by Karen Ryker and Patricia Boyette.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 99-01-10-A.
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