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4 Over the Top Reactions to Monica Lewinsky Coming Back into the Spotlight

4 Over the Top Reactions to Monica Lewinsky Coming Back into the Spotlight

It’s been over a decade now since the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal shook the White House, and the entire country became suddenly obsessed with the sexual lives of those in the Oval Office. Now, most Americans have stopped tittering over John Goodman’s Saturday Night Live Linda Tripp portrayal or grimacing when people joke about cigars. That could be changing again, now that Lewinsky has chosen to “go public” about her affair with then President Bill Clinton.

But times are far different than they were in the 90′s, and we now have a ceaseless number of 24 hour news stations, social media platforms and online news sites ready to jump on the tiniest nugget of news, all with endless hours and countless posts to fill. Is this really the environment that Lewinsky wants to dive back into?

Here are just 4 over the top reactions to the return of Monica Lewinsky:

1) Hillary made her do it! Considering the right wing’s obsession with the Clintons, an obsession just as passionate today as it was in 1998, it’s not surprising that Monica Lewinsky’s return to public has been with conservatives claiming Hillary Clinton is pulling her strings. “I really wonder if this isn’t an effort on the Clintons’ part to get that story out of the way. Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didn’t want in Vanity Fair?” asked Lynne Cheney, wife of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney. “Getting it out of the way so we can say one more time it’s old news seems to me like a strategy or a tactic, perhaps.”

2) Monicas cashing in. Maureen Dowd is partying like it’s 1998 again, and she’s taking the New York Times with her as she calls out Lewinski for “exploiting her own exploitation,” by coming back to cash in on her old scandal. “You’d think that the book ‘Monica’s Story,’ the HBO documentary, Barbara Walters’s interview and the 1998 Vanity Fair spread would be enough about the most covered affair in history. Heck, the seamy Starr report was enough,” writes Dowd. “But she must feel that her reticence over the last 10 years of “self-searching and therapy” has led the public to hunger for her thoughts on the eve of Hillary’s book rollout in June and at a moment when President Obama is struggling to pull focus back from the Clintons, whose past and future are more dominant than Obama’s present. Monica is in danger of exploiting her own exploitation as she dishes about a couple whose erotic lives are of waning interest to the country.”

3) Stop being bullies! One CNN opinion writer is flummoxed by all of the negative reaction to Lewinsky as fall out from the affair, both in the 90′s and today. “Frankly, when you consider just how intense, relentless and abusive the Lewinsky bullying has been for the past 16 years–by the media, the politicians, the public and trolls on the Internet, it’s a wonder she had the psychological stamina to resist those suicidal thoughts. And thank God she did,” he writes. Not everyone is so compassionate about allowing Lewinsky to use the bully frame, especially as she compares herself to Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old who killed himself after being victimized by relentless bullying and harassment. “In an egregiously offensive plea for understanding, Lewinsky compared her situation to that of cyberbullying victim Tyler Clementi…” writes Andrea Peyser at the New York Post. “What an imbecile. Lewinsky potentially wounded Clementi’s family, folks who’ve already suffered so much.”

4) Buzzfeed nails it. Whatever comes about from the reappearance of Monica Lewinsky, be it good or bad, self-indulgent or selfless, pro-Hillary or anti-Hillary, we will all have one moment that no one will regret: Buzzfeed’s imagined renditions of what today’s online media would do with the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. From the faux-Upworthy’s headline, “The President Invited An Intern Into the Oval Office. What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind.” to the fake 538′s charts on how bad Lewinsky really was for President Clinton, every headline is a literal piece of satiric art.

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12:26PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Who cares if ML has problems. We all do.

7:14PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Her timing seems to be impeccable; right before primary elections. I do believe there are others pulling the strings and filling her pockets.

10:36AM PDT on May 14, 2014

noted

4:19AM PDT on May 11, 2014

I still, to this day, fully wish Bill had come clean (sorry) on this. I wish he'd just said, "Yes. It's a Presidential perk that I, and almost every President before me, have taken advantage of since George Washington. And every King, Prince, PM, etc. around the globe have also taken advantage of the same perks and have no business pointing fingers at me-Newt." So, since Bill's escapades with Monica, how many Republican Congressmen, Governors, Senators, have been caught RED HANDED and have not lost their positions over it. It seems they all learned from Bill that lying about it will kill you. So now, all they have to do is shed some tears in front of cameras and convince the voting public that God has already forgiven him, so should we. Voila! Forgiven- you're only human, right?
Evidently, only Republicans can do what Clinton did and get away with it.
Last I checked, Bill and Hill were two separate individuals. If Hill wants to run, and I'm pretty sure she will, this blast from the past is NOT gong to effect her efforts in the least. GET OVER IT!
Hillary is not my first choice for a female president, but it looks like she's going to be. Especially if she chooses Elizabeth Warren as a running mate. OH, the GOP will have to put Jeb and Ted together to try to beat that ticket! Maybe they'll run Sarah again? Michele and Sarah against Hillary and Elizabeth! Front row seats, anyone?

9:42PM PDT on May 10, 2014

No, Lynn Cheney, I'd say she's back from obscurity because the Republicans want it so. Trying to stir up their insane base by attempting to repeal Obamacare 52+ times, passing draconian anti-abortion bills, passing the abysmal Ryan budget, dredging up Benghazi myths, shutting down the government for some piqued point… since all that doesn't work, revert to the old tried and true SEX SCANDAL. Yawn.

5:50PM PDT on May 10, 2014

Monica is either in someone's pocket, or she's still incredibly naive at 40 years old. Being 22, away from home and in an exciting place like Washington, D.C., I can understand how she flirted with the wrong guy, got his attention, and has been her own worst victim since then. But writing a book and attempting to garner empathy or sympathy from people all over the world isn't going to cut it... She was a patsy for Linda Tripp, and I would have thought she'd have been smart enough to burn the DRESS and bury the hat - not the other way around - by now. But if she thinks this book will do more than make her look as if she's being manipulated again, I think she's wrong. One can have all the intellectual knowledge in the world, and still be street-dumb. Perhaps she ought to use her book earnings to change her name, get plastic surgery and liposuction. If no one recognizes her after that, she might have a chance at a somewhat normal but lonely life.

3:15PM PDT on May 10, 2014

I swear I only hit add comment once. And am I special or can no one read any comments beyond the first page? Highly annoying.

3:11PM PDT on May 10, 2014

Pamela T., I doubt I am the only one who skips reading posts on all caps. If you really can't manage the Shift key, at least post in lower case. You may have something meaningful to contribute, but I'm not going to give myself a headache reading it.

About this: "Whatever comes about from the reappearance of Monica Lewinsky, be it good or bad, self-indulgent or selfless, pro-Hillary or anti-Hillary..." You left out indifferent. Bill isn't running and if Hillary is she wasn't involved in what they were doing (except, of course, it was her fault because it's always the wife's fault). And I don't think there's any question about whether Monica emerging from her well-deserved obscurity is self-indulgent or selfless. Perhaps she should be focused on a job and a life and stop subscribing to the theory that there's no such thing as bad publicity. You can only capitalize on oval office fellatio for so long, and I think that expiration date already passed for the majority of the country.



3:11PM PDT on May 10, 2014

Pamela T., I doubt I am the only one who skips reading posts on all caps. If you really can't manage the Shift key, at least post in lower case. You may have something meaningful to contribute, but I'm not going to give myself a headache reading it.

About this: "Whatever comes about from the reappearance of Monica Lewinsky, be it good or bad, self-indulgent or selfless, pro-Hillary or anti-Hillary..." You left out indifferent. Bill isn't running and if Hillary is she wasn't involved in what they were doing (except, of course, it was her fault because it's always the wife's fault). And I don't think there's any question about whether Monica emerging from her well-deserved obscurity is self-indulgent or selfless. Perhaps she should be focused on a job and a life and stop subscribing to the theory that there's no such thing as bad publicity. You can only capitalize on oval office fellatio for so long, and I think that expiration date already passed for the majority of the country.



2:19PM PDT on May 10, 2014

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