Richard Warren Field
Politicians Aptitude Test: Question Nine
The Clinton Dilemma
The Scenario: You have had an affair with a young and willing partner who
was working under your authority, but well down the hierarchy. News of
the affair has leaked out, and rumors about it are beginning dominate the
public's attention. You would:
affair completely and contritely. You explain that you have become aware
of a compulsion, a weakness in your character, that you have discussed
this with your wife, and that you are not going to engage in this type
of conduct again. You assure the public that you will seek outside counseling
for your compulsion. You are committed telling the truth to the American
people, and believe they will understand. You sincerely offer to resign
if the people will not accept your behavior or explanation.
guilt to this one incident, hinting strongly that you were seduced. You
offer to resign (without meaning it). You state that you have suggested
your partner get counseling for what is obviously a sexual compulsion.
term "affair" or "sexual relations" so that it excludes what you did with
your young partner, and then deny it. Using intermediaries, you make sure
your partner understands this new definition and therefore joins in your
using the same strategy described in Number 3. Then you orchestrate leaks
about other partners you've been with in the past, quietly encouraging
those former partners to pose nude in national magazines. . . after you've
made an arrangement with their agents for a percentage of their earnings.
Claim the whole
thing is a case of mistaken identity. You thought the partner was your
spouse. Describe in detail the similarities between their features and
particularly the precise physical characteristics of their anatomies.
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