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Monica Tells Her Story

Is it 1998 again?

May 7, 2014

Is it 1998 again? Monica Lewinsky is once again garnering headlines for her affair with Bill Clinton while he was president. This time, she’s telling her story of depression and humiliation in Vanity Fair, which somehow seems fitting. “Sure, my boss took advantage of me,” she said, “but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.” Given Hillary Clinton’s almost certain presidential bid, it seems beneficial for both women to air out their dirty laundry now so it’s “old news” again by the time the campaign heats up. But it’s still a sideshow. Bill’s affair was a distraction from far more serious abuses of power for which he was impeached. Hillary doesn’t need to answer for all of his abuses, but she will have to explain why a third Clinton term would benefit the nation. (Spoiler: It won’t.)

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