We are told by those in the popular media that the public is wanting to put the impeachment proceedings of 1998-1999 behind them. But, for any informed and/or educated voter, it is vitally important to know what prompted the proceedings and the dynamics behind what transpired. "Sellout" by David Schippers is that book that sheds light on the whole episode.
Mr. Schippers impressed me tremendously with the way he carried out the impeachment proceedings. Unlike anyone else involved - that goes for every politician AND every member of the media - he was perhaps the one individual who put politics aside for the sake of law and seeing justice done. He understood that what transpired was not a result of the so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy", and also understood that they couldn't just ignore the charges against President Clinton because widespread and wholesale violation of the law had occurred.
"Sellout", then, is his account of what all took place. In it, we are presented with the facts without any pretense of political bias. He admits at the outset to being a lifelong Democrat, but in the course of this book, one can find - if he or she is honest with oneself - no political bias or spin. It is, in those immortal words, "just the facts".
He describes how the Republicans in the Senate turned their backs on the law, along with the Democrats, all under the guise of "bipartisanship". Here, the reader finally gets the names of those who sabotaged the impeachment trial before it ever cleared the House of Representatives. Mr. Schippers also plots out the total lack of regard for the law in both parties, despite the overwhelming evidence, that ultimately led to a travesty of justice.
Mr. Schippers also backs up his account with the evidence that can be shown in conformity with the law. He presents partial or full transcripts from various testimony and, more remarkably, the documents showing a startling plot to naturalize immigrants (legal and illegal) in order to bolster the Democrat vote.
I must admit that I am a Republican, but I found Mr. Schippers account to be sickening in regards to how the Republicans in Congress acted. And if there was any way to have any less respect for the Democrats in Congress, this book found that way. "Throw the bums out? " After reading this book, I say "You betcha!"...Republicans and Democrats alike. This book shows that nobody in the Senate, and a great many in the House, should be able to claim that they did the right thing. Their actions did serious damage to the law and the Constitution, so they have nothing to be proud of.
I again commend Mr. Schippers for writing this book. He really came out of the impeachment proceedings as a true patriot, and does the American public a tremendous service by writing "Sellout". If anything, it makes me give even more thought to who I elect to Congress in the future. That is why I rate this book with the full 5 stars, and heartily recommend it as essential reading to voters throughout the political spectrum.