The Monica Lewinsky scandal, ten years later
It seems like yesterday that a nation was preoccupied with a blue dress, a cigar, and a scandal, but ten years have passed since the breaking of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair (and many of Clinton's other dalliances) in the media. The Times of London has a very interesting piece detailing the history of the scandal and its players, part of which is excerpted here.
It's an interesting coincidence that the tenth anniversary of the scandal falls dead smack in the middle of Hillary's campaign for President, but, as writer Damian Whitworth posits, we may not be seeing Hillary in this campaign without Monica:
For it was in the wake of the scandal, in which Hillary was seen as the wronged wife, that she decided to run for the Senate from New York. Her shamed husband, anxious to try to make things up to her, eagerly threw his weight behind the move. A wave of sympathy helped to sweep her to victory. As soon as she was elected, talk began about her running for president.
Apart from the occasional sighting of her in New York or Los Angeles, the 34-year-old has been invisible. “After she graduated we tried to keep a low profile,” says her friend and sometime publicist, Barbara Hutson. “She’s getting on with her life, she never wanted to be a public figure. She’s going to try and be as anonymous as possible. But she’s never going to be, especially if Hillary becomes President. The kids who didn’t know who she was will now know who she is because her name is constantly being brought up due to Hillary’s running. She was 21 years old, it was a stupid thing. She made a mistake. Look at all the girls who are doing crazy things now.”
All women out there have a guy they regret--and I bet he ain't no President either. I bet he worked at Safeway or Kenny's Shoes.
She was young and she made a mistake that young women make--she wanted to be with a powerful man.
Should she really still be paying for it, ten years down the road? Bill Clinton's not.