Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Monica’s back

Better she had gotten on with her life in private.

The problem with Monica Lewinsky is not that she gave Bill Clinton a blow job (I was never interested enough in the story to gather the details – was it once or ten times, and did they ever … kiss?), the problem was not that she showed such bad judgment trusting her "friend" Linda Tripp, the problem is not that she still blames Bill for taking advantage of her, or that she blames Hillary … for what?

No, the problem is simpler than that.  Faced with doing the right thing (telling the lasciviously ambitious Kenneth Starr to go fuck himself), she caved in to a threat of imprisonment for refusal to cooperate.  She’d have become a modern heroine had she done the right thing.  Instead she has had fifteen years (and counting) of being an American pariah, a sad joke, and she is so stupid and so in denial that she doesn’t understand why.  She broke a code that she should have learned as a teenager: you never kiss and tell.

She’s had her 15 minutes of fame and it was terrible.  Now she wants more.  Amazing.

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There is a real chance that someone who reads this post will read it as a Clinton apologetic.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I had two thoughts driving my writing: a silly girl (yes, I am quite aware that she is a 40 year-old woman, but she still acts like a silly girl) intent on learning wrong lessons from life; and the shame of our becoming a nation that allows a "special prosecutor" appointed by a highly partisan group to become more powerful than a popular President elected by the people.  It is a real possibility that our national politics has so degenerated that we may expect to see every future President subjected to an impeachment, at least every Democratic President.  If a Republican reader thinks this would be a great idea, I ask him how happy he would be if the Democrats got wise and played the same game on THEIR Presidents.  I think our COUNTRY needs to grow up, which in turn will force our elected representatives to do the same.