Two public figures brought low by scandals of their own making, both outed in politically motivated trials (let’s not forget John Ashcroft’s role in the BALCO prosecution), their legacies tarnished. Of course we’re thinking of Bill Clinton and Barry Bonds. Their stories parallel. We all knew about Bill’s philandering, just as we suspected Barry might be using performace enhancers. So what do we do now? Bill Clinton has a new presidential library, a handsome building devoted almost exclusively to his accomplishments, his scandals whitewashed. How his story is integrated into the greater American story is yet to be determined, but we hope the focus will be on the positive, with a healthy examination of the disgraceful right-wing political smearing that has done so much damage to our nation. In similar vein, we hope the future will celebrate Bonds’s spectacular achievements without hiding his flaws or ostracizing him to a cathedral of his own making, but the more crucial issue will be how the game deals with the nasty problem of steroid abuse. We’ll be watching.