It’s a little hard to believe that anyone could take seriously Rand Paul’s comments about the media giving Bill Clinton “a pass” on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. When news of the scandal broke in January, 1998, in three days The New York Times and The Washington Post ran 106 stories about the affair.
Fourteen years later, the Clinton/Lewinksy episode is still written about and discussed. For unknown reasons, even a crowd of Egyptians chanted “Monica, Monica” when Hillary Clinton arrived in Alexandria to open a new U.S. consulate in 2012. But as Newpsychopolitics frequently points out, Bill Clinton remains one of the few politicians who retained his popularity after a sex scandal.
No one was fooled by Paul’s remarks about Bill—Paul was obviously aiming at Hillary and her 2016 ambitions. But with regard to Bill, it’s pretty clear that both Hillary and the American people have moved on.
But what about Monica? As a rule, the woman in a political sex scandal comes out the loser, as Rielle Hunter and many others can testify. After the scandal, Monica tried her hand at being a celebrity selling handbags and acting as a TV spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Eventually she left the country and earned an MA degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics.
Supposedly Lewinsky has signed a $12 million book deal with an undisclosed publisher. No doubt her book’s appearance will coincide with the 2016 elections. Although it’s hard to imagine what more there is to tell, Lewinsky is one person who hasn’t forgiven Clinton. “He could have made it right,” Lewinsky told a reporter when Clinton’s biography My Life appeared in 2004, “but he hasn’t. I don’t accept that he had to completely desecrate my character.” Voters may once again have the opportunity to evaluate how they feel about Bill’s actions with the then 24-year-old intern. According to Rand Paul, that’s something that somehow relates to Hillary’s competence to be president.
Scandal of the Century? It’s early in the 21st century, but rumors of a scandal that would be hard to top emerged last week as some “news” sources accused President Obama and Beyoncé of having an affair. The rumor started in France—maybe as retribution for American reporting on President Hollande’s relationship problems—but supposedly The Washington Post was going to expose the romance between two of the most watched people in America.
No comment from Jay-Z or Michelle Obama, but the Post denies it’s working on the story, and even the French papparazi who made the claims has backed off.
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