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The Notebook: The Wise Words of Ginsburg...Not Anymore


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"After hearing all the great things about Barry, reading them in the paper and...seeing all the people lining the sidewalks, I think it really might tempt me to ask for a recount."
Robert Goldwater, eulogizing his brother, who won only 52 electoral votes

"Dad, it's not that kind of internship."
Hannah Allam, calming her father's fears about her summer job at a newspaper

"I am not a professional. I can print something without an editor; that's where we are right now...let the future begin."
Matt Drudge, defending himself against hostile questions at the National Press Club

"I am confident that the Republican Party will pick a nominee that will beat Bill Clinton."
Dan Quayle, about the presidential election in the year 2000

Vignette from...Bookexpo America

(TIME, June 15) -- TIME's Andrea Sachs sat down with Donna Rice Hughes (known to history as just plain old Donna Rice) at the booksellers' annual schmoozefest, BookExpo America, where Rice was promoting her forthcoming book, Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace. For the first time, Rice, an old hand on the political sex-scandal front, was persuaded to talk about the Lewinsky matter. Her advice to Monica? "What I would say to anyone is that there is hope, and there is a way to go through a scandal with dignity," said Rice, now married with two stepchildren. "Try to take the high road, turn the other cheek and work through the anger and the frustrations that come along with a tremendous amount of injustices that often come your way." She was just warming up to the subject, when into her booth came Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy's youngest son and editor of Make Gentle the Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy. In a breathtaking display of obtuseness, he said to Rice, "Max Kennedy. I was on that boat, the Monkey Business, for about 10 days. Wasn't it the most fun boat you've ever been on?" Small pause. "No," replied a dignified Rice, taking the high road, turning the other cheek, working through the anger. Just.

Right At Home
Pro-Family in Utah, Anti-Gay in Colorado

This week the southern baptist Convention holds its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, the world headquarters of the Mormon church. These two growing denominations are divided in doctrine, but they are increasingly close on the religious right and equally concerned about the American family. Personifying the affinity is the star speaker at the Baptist confab, conservative radio guru James Dobson, who will preach his traditional brand of "pro-family" politics, appropriate for a 15.7 million-strong denomination that intends to put family issues at the top of its legislative agenda. The conservatives, who control the convention, will also propose adding a clause to the Baptist statement of faith, last amended 35 years ago, that will define the proper "biblical" family. The prescription bound to provoke the most attention states that a good Christian wife "is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband." Passage of the amendment seems a good bet.

While Dobson is cheered in Utah, there are some hard feelings about him in Colorado. Tim Gill, the wealthy and openly gay co-founder and chairman of Quark Inc., a desktop-publishing firm, has been pumping money into social causes in Colorado Springs. Among the recipients of a $500 bequest is P.M. Wynn, a local talk-radio host who runs a community gospel fair. Wynn quickly came under intense questioning from Dobson's operatives. They made it clear they were upset that she took money from Gill and withdrew their support. "They did it to punish us," she says.

--By Richard Ostling/New York and Richard Woodbury/Denver

"Look at those little polkehs"
A Glance Back at the William Ginsburg Era

Jan. 17 Ginsburg comes to town to represent Monica Lewinsky.

Jan. 21 Monica stands by her prior declaration of innocence "at this time," says Ginsburg. "If the President of the United States did this--and I'm not saying that he did--I think he's a misogynist."

Jan. 25 Ginsburg changes course: Monica is now willing to "tell all" in exchange for immunity.

Feb. 1 A Ginsburg blitz. He appears on all five major-network political talk shows. "I don't plan to be ubiquitous very long," he says. So why does he hang around Larry King's studios one day to make faces at the guests? Gnashing his teeth over Kenneth Starr's skeptical view of Monica's proffer, Ginsburg begins devouring a series of power meals that will keep him noshing from the Cosmos Club and Morton's in Washington to the Four Seasons in New York City.

Feb. 23 He insists he's close to his client. "I kissed that girl's inner thighs when she was six days old--I said, 'Look at those little polkehs!'"

March 2 A photo op with O.J. lawyer Robert Shapiro at the opening of The Man in the Iron Mask.

March 3 TIME celebrates its 75th anniversary. Ginsburg is there.

March 6 The avuncular friend turns nasty to the press after a judge reportedly admonishes him for talking too much in public: "I want some goddam privacy. Get back, all of you. Get away from the car."

April 8 A lobster dinner at Legal Sea Foods, where, over red Bordeaux, he reportedly muses that maybe he could eventually have his own CNN show. To which Monica is said to have replied, "Yeah, you'll have plenty of time when I fire you."

April 25 Passes up White House correspondents' dinner: "It's tasteless for us to attend."

April 29 A judge rules Monica has no deal with Starr. Well, at least the Vanity Fair pix deal stuck. "The surrogate father has to figure out ways to get her ego back to par," says Ginsburg.

May 27 A legal mag publishes a Ginsburg open letter: "Congratulations, Mr. Starr!" he writes. "As a result of your callous disregard for cherished constitutional rights, you may have succeeded in unmasking a sexual relationship between two consenting adults." Oops.

June 2 Ginsburg gets replaced. "It's been a very interesting experience," he says.

--By Alain L. Sanders. Reported by Melissa August/Washington
In TIME This Week

Cover Date: June 15, 1998

Change Partners And Dance
Plato Cacheris
Jacob Stein...and the Laconic Washingtonian
Apocalypse Not
Why The Government's Machines Won't Make It
Tell The Kids To Fib
Revolt Of The Gentry
Calvin Trillin: Just the Owner, Not the Boss
The Notebook: The Wise Words of Ginsburg...Not Anymore

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