#throwbackthursday: The Impeachment of Bill Clinton, 1998
It was twenty years ago this month that the nation watched as a Republican-controlled Congress, led in part by Georgia’s Newt Gingrich, impeached Democratic President Bill Clinton, the former governor of Arkansas. Though the conflict had national import, it had a Deep Southern tenor. Though we didn’t know it yet in 1998, Gingrich represented the future of Southern politics: ruby-red Republican with a near-total disdain for all things Democratic. Clinton, on the other hand, represented the waning past: a white New South Democrat who sought moderate, accommodationist compromises on divisive issues.