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Second Term Presidencies

Are they inevitably mired in scandal? In almost every examples discussed here–and all the serious ones–the opposition party held the Congress. I’m not making a claim here about what should have happened. But if Republicans had held both houses of Congress, there might not have been a “Watergate scandal,” and if Democrats had, there probably wouldn’t have been an impeachment.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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