Once again, the extramarital sexual activity of a president has put him on a tightrope and at the edge of the abyss.
If you are prepared to swallow every claim, even the most unlikely, as if it were the whole truth, you are a member of Trump's tribe.
In the White House and in Congress, principles have been jettisoned and the nightmare scenario of the past is threatening to become today's reality.
The end of the Clinton chapter in United States history is a matter of cultural and political self-preservation, but it may only be wishful thinking.
The political sphere has never truly recognized sexual harassment as a threat in need of a systematic response.
Wanting to have the last word, to write your own history or to speak at your own wake, is a natural human impulse. Former American presidents are afforded that licence, and more besides.