Republicans always need to do reasonably well with populists, which is why there’s always a tension between the pro-government leanings of a large number of their voters and the anti-government tilt of the party agenda.
No, you’re not going to change them. And as long as you think you will, you’re going to be causing yourself — and the relationship — even more grief. Everybody has flaws. We’re all human. The goal is to be with someone whose flaws you can deal with.
In retrospect Whitewater seems overblown. And yet it has to be confessed that, at least so far, the Whitewater scandal was far more substantive than the Russia-collusion scandal now gripping Washington.