The curtain has descended on Act I: The Impeachment Trial of William Jefferson Clinton.
In it, we witnessed a valiant effort by the House managers to prove that our president committed perjury and obstruction of justice. Our "spineless" Senate, in its effort to preserve "dignity," shortchanged Americans by denying the House managers a chance to properly present their case by restricting witness participation. Then the Senate acquitted the president of the articles of impeachment that met the standards of "high crimes and misdemeanors" according to noted Senate history buff Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., Now "Free Willy" can continue gov-erning our country into the next millennium.
But this melodrama has not quite ended. Act II has yet to begin.
I envision the president will, in order to maintain cover-ups of past crimes, pardon Susan McDougal, Webb Hubbell, Sidney Blumenthal and even Hillary Rodham Clinton. Let the curtain rise!
S. K. Ching, II, Martinez