Ruth Marcus: Monica Lewinsky Does Hillary Clinton a Big Favor


For The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus writes:

…Lewinsky, who alone among the protagonists in the national soap opera saw her life irreparably shattered. Bill and Hillary made millions on the speaking circuit. Lewinsky, she writes for the June issue of Vanity Fair, “turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.”

Despite a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics, Lewinsky has never really held a steady job…

Still, 16 years after the scandal broke, she is recognized nearly every day. Now 40, she has never married.

Lewinsky did not exactly turn into a recluse. She launched a line of designer handbags, appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” hawked a diet program, developed and starred in an HBO documentary about you know what. But she has mostly remained backstage as Clinton Inc. thrived…

Here, though, is why her going public is good for Clinton 2016:

The Lewinsky affair never really came up in 2008; the subject was too raw and too fraught, and Clinton did not make it to the ugliness of a general election campaign. It’s clear, though, that the subject will not be taboo in 2016. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has already raised the question of whether Democrats in general, and Hillary Clinton in particular, should consort with a “sexual predator” like Bill Clinton.

Lewinsky’s account makes clear that her affair with the president was between two consenting adults. “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship,” she writes. “Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.”

So her piece defuses Paul’s line of attack. And it does so before any Clinton presidential announcement…(read more)

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3 Comments on “Ruth Marcus: Monica Lewinsky Does Hillary Clinton a Big Favor”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet For The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus writes: …Lewinsky, who alone among the protagonists in […]

  2. Bob Reed says:

    Sad, but probably true…Maybe Ms. Lewinsky thought she needed to do Hillz a solid after all the humiliation dealt out years ago ;) My regards

  3. Bob Reed says:

    Sad, but probably true. Maybe Ms. Lewinsky thought she ought to do Hillz a solid; to make up for the humiliation of the blue dress days :) My regards

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