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Delay: President should resign

Los Angeles Times
WASH INGTON Never mind that most
Republican lawmakers say they are withholdiwn judg-
ment. House Majority Whip TLm De1ay already has
made up his mind: President Clinton should resnin
From his ground-Iloor office suite in the (pitol
scene of July's shootout between an intruder and police
officers the pugnacious exan for weeks has been
quietly preparing for what he hopes will be a high-
stakes endgame to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
While the house has yet to decide whether to
launch an impeachment inquiry, Delay has leap-
frogged that step as we l as the outcome of such an
investigation in his ow-n planning. I Ie believes that
resignation will become a serious option if the (i()P-
controlled I louse votes to impeach (linton, setting the
stage for a protracted, bitterly fought Senate trial.
"Right now, people don't want to face reality,"
DeLay said. "But they will. They will."

'Ihat unyielding stance combined with his leader-
ship post has made Lelay the point man for a senti-
ment held by many core GOP supporters, especially
social conservatives who dominate the party's politics.
As the Nov. 3 election approaches, other GOP leaders
know they cannot atford to alienate this group, even as
polls continue to show that most Americans do not want
Clinton driven firom office over the Iewinsky scandal.
But the position Del.ay has staked out carries si-
nificant risks for Republicans, many analysts agree.
"'If they overreach and irritate enough Ik)emocrats,
they will eliminate the Republicmn turnout advantage (in
the election) and do what Democrats can't do for
themselves, which is to charge up the troops' said Larry
Sabato, a t iniversity of Virginia political scientist.
Indeed. in his four tumultuous years as the third-
ranking (louse Republican, DeLay has overreached
more than once, landing himself and his party in polit-
ical hot water.
And clamoring for the president's resignation could

become just one more miscalenlation by thi intense-
ly partisan, onetime pest exterminator fronm louston
who, as a born-again Christian, is genuinely otfended
by Clinton's atTir with Lewinsky.
No one is surprised to find Delay cading the
For tactical reasons, Republicans are doinc ther
best to keep I!ous' Speaker Newt (iiingrici !fR-(Gia
under wraps, lest his unpopularity amtong much o tv'h
public muddle the party's anti-Clinton iessae
Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) also h s
adopted a statesman-like, wait-and-see attude.
"I suspect that what IDeI ay's doing basically allows
a position to be articulated that (Ginrich and Airey
do not want to publicly adopt at the nomen, sad
Earl Black, a Rice University political scientist. "hut,
since there's a lot of opinion within the Republicai
conference for resignation, they can in effect let
Delay state a viewpoint that expresses the feelitngs Of
a lot of rank-and-file Republicans

Civil servants face ontinued from Page 1

higher standards

House Democrats revealed their plans yesterday to cut their losses on an
impeachment inquiry of President Clinton.
Dems plan to cut
Clinton losses

Los Angeles Times
steamrolled, house Democrats
revealed plans yesterday designed
to cut their losses on an impeach-
ment inquiry of President ('linton
by imposing a deadline on the
review and restricting its focus to
Clinton's involvement with former
White Ilouse intern Monica
The Democrats also will propose
today that Clinton be censured by
the I louse as a compromise for end-
ing any lengthy impeachment
process that Rep. John Conyers (D-
Mich.) the senior Democrat on the
House Judiciary Committce, said
could become a "never-endine fish-
ing expedition~
"'This prospect could mire the
country into a protracted and parti-
san inquiry which could last for
years and drag down the country;"
Conyers warned.
Thbe Democrats, realizing they
have neither the votes noir the mus-
cle to stop the Republican-dominat-
ed House trom opening a formal
impeachment inquiry next week,
now are seeking to establish politi-
cal cover for their likely votes
against the GOP-sponsored motion
for a full-blown impeachment
"Their own alternatives, which
have little chance cf passage when
the Judiciary Committee meets
Monday and the till Ilouse next
Friday, also give Democrats a
chance to suggest that the
Republicans' insistence on a
lengthy impeachment process is
unreasonable given that national
polls show the public wants this
process over quickly.
Undaunted, Republicans
remained deeply earnest about
puLshing ahead.
In Kettering, Ohio, house
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
insisted tliat the impeachment of a
president is not an issue that should
fall along party lines.

"It has to be approached not as
Republicans, not as Democrats, not
as liberals and not as conserva-
tives." Ginerich said. "It has to be
approached as a constitutional
issue, which is a matter of con-
science. It has to be approached as
And Sam Stratman, spokesper-
son for Rep. I lenry .1 1 lyde (R-lll.)
who chairs the .ludiciary panel, pre-
dicted that Republicans will never
buy into the iD)emocratic alterna-
"It' the IIouise approves an
inqi iiry, Chairperson Ilyde intends
to move expeditiously and will
a'void fishing expeditions by the
committee" he said.
Iloise Democrats, led by
Conyers and Minority Ieader
Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) will for-
mally unveil their alternatives this
morning - about the same time a
new batch of documents from
Independent Counsel Kenneth
Starr's investigation is being
released. '
They said yesterday that their
plan includes asking tor a timetable
that goes no further than four to six
weeks. "We're talking about a rea-
sonable amount of time, Conyers
Democrats also want a mandate
that keeps the investigation focused
on the l ewinsky scandal and not
other investigations into Clinton
activities, such as the Whitewater
"I am pleased by the
Republican program for
Watergate-like rules as we move
into the inquiry," Conyers said of
I lyde's proposal to give the White
house a role in any hearings.
But Conyers, who also sat on the
Judiciary Committee that investi-
c ated President Nixon, said the
Clinton-Lewinsky controversy is
nowhere near as complicated as
Watergate, and does not require an
open-ended investigation with
extraneous evidence.

Los Angeles 'Times
were a senior federal bureaucrat instead
of president of the United States, lie
probably could have had a discreet t1ingc
with a willing subordinate and not
risked his job.
But it' the liaison had become a
public scandal and it his secretary
had played a role as a go-between
and if agency police had been aware
of trysts in the office, he might well
have been sacked for lettinu sex
interfere with his work. And if he
had lied to superiors or to investiga-
tors, his risk of being fired would
have been Treater still.
Lawyers who represent civil servants
in employment disputes say that their
clients are routinely field to a higher
standard than the one being applied to
President Cliiton.
If Clinton were a civil servant.
Washington lawyer William Bransford
said, "there's no doubt in my miind that
there would be urouinds for chiarues
'T1he removal would be upheld and the
employee would not be put back in his
Continued from Page 1
the recruitment program
"There are I W1iigh schools. we
will uet our share o, our top 1It) percent
minority students, which is coin c to
level the playing field with all the
Garza said universities wt.atchinr
to see it' a diverse class can be
attained without aflirtmative action
should wait a couple of years before
eliminating the use ot race in its
admissions policies.
"[he 1t) percent legislation
helped tremendously, and our own
state policies in keeping students
enrolled and keeping diversity
going" helped too, Garza said. "I

Some- governmnent workers are
already asking whether Clinton's case
might lead to greater sexual liberty for
rank-and-bile bureaucrats.
Don't count on it, said Bransford,
who represents many civil servants.
"Some employees who get into this
sort of trouble in the kiture will say.
But the president did it, why can't
I I think that defense will be reject-
cd. There's a general belief that this
sort of action impacts on 'job perfor-
iiance) aid people shouldn't engage
in it F
In recent cases. civil servants have
been held to a higher standard than the
public seems to be applying to ('linton's
fling w"ith Monica L.ewinsky.
In 1992. a senior civilian executive in
the Arny with 23 years oI'unblemished
service was fired for a consensual adul-
terous atlhir with a subordinate. ILike
Clinton. records show, he argued that it
w-as nobody else's businesses I.ike
I louse Republicans, his superiors were
antaUoni/ed by his unwillinuness to
acknowledge a personal failing
don't think schools should miake
quick decisions. They should wait a
year or twxx o to see if we jump back
to the pre- ilopwood days
Moss said I IT is competini xwith
other colleces that can otter students
scholarships based on race.
"We don't have the ability to offer
scholarships using race as a crite-
ria. ' Moss said. "If you can't offer
scholarship mitoney. then that hurts
I1it M oss said the I lopwood decision
allows for "directinc recruitingc etorts.
"We can tarcet and recruit those hinh
schools and areas where there may be
many minorities,' Moss said.
Associate Provost for Academic and
iMutlt icultural A ffairs I estor Monts
declined to comment.

eventually "look at all the legisla-
tion" relating to underage drinking
on college campuses.
McCabe said it is impossible to
ignore the eftects both long and
short term of alcohol on stu-
"Binge drinking poses a serious
threat to the intellectual, psycho-
logical and physical development
of ... undergraduate college stu-
dents," McCabe said, citing a report
from the Commission on Addict ion
and Substance Abuse that states
that more undergraduate students
will die from alcohol-related causes
than earn a master's or doctorate
McCabe said studies have repeat-
edly shown that students enrolled in
higher education courses are more
likely to binge drink than their non-
college counterparts.
"hie Institute of Higher I ducation
recognizes this as a problem," McCabe
said. "We need to discuss effective
ways of addressing binge drinking on
college campuses."
Hartford said the task f'orce will
focus on elucating students a1bout
hinge drinking. but also examine alco-
hol education programs at other major
universities to come up with a plan that
will make a noticeable impact on stu-
"It' I polled 50 students, 49 could
tell me the dangers of binge drink-

ing," Hartford said. "We need to ask,
What can we do to change the cul-
Resident Adviser Sarah iPekarek,
who works at Bursley Residence
Iall, said her entire hall coin-
posed largely of first-year students
thinks everyone drinks, although
the residence hall staff consistently
discourages underage alcohol con-
"Realistically, education won't help
the problem too much but it is good to
tell people about it," said Pekarek, an
:ngineeritg junior,
lPekarek said that although site thinks
the task f'orce is a good idea, many first-
year students may benefit more from
first-hand experience.
"I know a lot of people smuggle
alcohol in to the doIis," Pekarek said.
"You can tell them there are serious
health consequences, but they do have
the right to have t'un."
Benz said the goals of the task
ftorce's first meeting, which will be
held Oct. 2, include reducing drink-
ing, setting a time frame to imple-
ment their plans, conducting evalua-
tion of their plans and making a list of
sources to contact.
"It a student wants to drink, they'll
drink We're not there to stop them. But
we can try to get information out,
Benz said.
Benz added that the Ut in i'sity
does not want to "throw money at
something" that is not going to be
beneficial in reducing underagc

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