Skip to comments.Oral history: The Monica Lewinsky scandal ten years on
Posted on 01/14/2008 10:58:21 AM PST by seanmerc
On the evening of Saturday January 17, 1998, the internet gossip merchant Matt Drudge posted a story that opened the most sensational scandal season in the history of the American presidency. He reported that Newsweek magazine had killed a story about President Clintons sexual relationship with a former intern. The next day he had her name: Monica Lewinsky.
The mainstream media were slow to catch up, but by the following Tuesday they were reporting that Clinton was being investigated for encouraging others to lie to cover up the affair.
For the next year the story dominated the headlines as Clinton was investigated, impeached and eventually found not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanours in a Senate trial.
Ten years on we know what happened to Bill Clinton. He is campaigning tirelessly for his wife as she seeks to win the second Clinton presidency. It is a curious twist of fate, and an indication of how deep were the repercussions of the scandal, that her campaign might not be happening if it werent for Monica Lewinsky.
For it was in the wake of the scandal, in which Hillary was seen as the wronged wife, that she decided to run for the Senate from New York. Her shamed husband, anxious to try to make things up to her, eagerly threw his weight behind the move. A wave of sympathy helped to sweep her to victory. As soon as she was elected, talk began about her running for president.
But what of the other dramatis personae from that sorry saga? Newt Gingrich, the Republican Speaker of the House, resigned when voters expressed their disapproval at the impeachment drive. Two years later, though, scandal fatigue severely complicated Al Gores presidential campaign.
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They just had to use oral and Lewinsky in the title, didn’t they?
And we’re still stuck with this clown... I can’t count the times I thought “This time he’s done!”
The scandal is that the idiot republicans took an investigation of treason, bribery, extortion and the pervasiveness of Chinese money in D.C. and let Bill’N’Hill turn it into a story about a sleazy fat broad.
The Senate, pockets stuffed with Chinese bribes, sold out the nation.
But at least Ken Red Starr got 112 mil in Chinese cash for his law firm.
Ah, I remember it like it was yesterday...
I think it was probably the next morning when I was making the bed that I heard something on the radio about, "President Clinton...intern,...oral sex..." Well, that caught my attention.
Ten years later I'm still smiling.
You wouldn't have swallowed it if they hadn't
and in so doing he diverted the building attention to the bullet hole in Commerce Secretary Ron Brown's head, and from an assortment of criminal acts commented by the 42nd President of the United States.
He reported that Newsweek magazine had killed a story about President Clintons sexual relationship with a former intern. The next day he had her name: Monica Lewinsky.
The mainstream media were slow to catch up,
Imagine that. The media was "slow" to catch up on the forged national guard memos story too and is dragging their heels on reporting good news from Iraq.
It is a partisan press. Newsweek HAD the story and supressed it.
That girl off to the right always gets my attention. She looks JUST LIKE the grinch.
The Monica Lewsinsky aspect of the Paula Jones lawsuit showed the way the Clinton damage control team operated.
They paid Monica to lie under oath. They intimidated those who might speak out. They savaged the character of Linda Tripp. And Bill Clinton lied under oath.
If we couldn’t “get” the goods on them in other cases where witnesses lied on the stand or held their tongues (and took jailtime over speaking out), at least we know why.
Monica would have had a mouthful to say on the subject, but you couldn’t have understood a word of it.
Hillary wasn't "wronged". Bill had engaged in such activity numerous times in their marriage and with numerous women in the White House.
Theirs appears to be an open marriage. She wasn't upset he "cheated", she was upset he got caught and derailed their co-presidency.
“the internet gossip merchant Matt Drudge”
Gads... could they have used another way of describing Matt? I mean, thank goodness they didn’t use the term “sleaze merchant Matt Drudge”... I don’t think Matt is a gossiper at all... now Perez Hilton, well, that’s another story...
IIRC, the Whitehouse war Team had decided to release the Monica Lewinsky info to lead the public away from Who the Clinton’s were really screwing. (you and me)
So, they leaked it to Drudge.
During this caucus, I noticed that Drudge has had several more ‘exclusives’, which apparently came directly from the HRC staff.
The Lewinsky scandal made Drudge popular (money) is now a trusted source for some conservatives/Republicans.
But it wasn’t the real scandal, it was the camoflauge.
Now, when I see DRUDGE ALERT, I think HRC staff feeding notes to someone on Drudges staff.
Same here. She gives me the impression that she's envious of the attention Monica's getting.
She (Kathleen Willey) goes as far as to call Hillary Clinton evil for what she believes was her role in trying to destroy the credibility of the women who claimed sexual relationships with her husband. A lot of women out there are voting for the first time and are excited about voting for a woman. This country is certainly ready to be run by a woman. Just not this woman.
and you didn’t ping me on this quote-of-the-week?!?!
We have a winner!
Still gargling after all these years?
Ping to historic link archive
Does Hillary share Huma with Bill?
The MSM trying to kick up a little sympathy for the devil.
The crying worked. The 'hecklers' worked.
This is the saddest aspect to the whole Clinton saga. Ten years after he was impeached, most of the country still believes it was because "he had an affair with an intern."
He was not impeached for an affair with an intern.
He was impeached because Paula Jones had filed a sexual harrassment suit against him, and he and his people intimdated them, got others to lie for him, defamed good people (including Kenneth Starr), and introduced the term "oral sex" into the mainstream.
I think Linda Tripp and Lucianne Goldberg saved Monica’s life. If they hadn’t urged Monica to save the dress, Monica would be dead now.
They intimidated those who might speak out. They savaged the character of Linda Tripp. And Bill Clinton lied under oath.
Agreed, these are the two things that bug me most about it all.
1. Linda Tripp was the only “hero” in this mess, but because of a bad hairdo and lipstick, etc. even those who should have spoke out for her snickered instead. She was trashed for simply doing the right thing and refusing to lie. Monica should have been trashed for asking a friend to lie. Instead Monica was made to look like a victim because the president was having sex with her.
2. This one in more hindsight; the republicans totally mishandled things from the start. They/we assumed the POTUS would resign instead of trashing the office if the truth came out about sex with a young lady. Since he didn’t resign his claims of it being all about sex were bolstered. In hindsight the obstruction of justice angle should have been the only thing talked about. We should have taken the all about sex angle away from the start and said ourselves that what he did sexually was his business, but obstruction of justice was a crime warranting removal from office.
Is this the revisionist historical take on Newt?
I thought he resigned because Republicans lost seats in the election for not convicting Clinton.
I wonder if she ever got the dress back? It would probably sell for quite a bit on eBay.
Did a search for “Lewinsky” and this thread is the most recent I came up with. Does anybody realize that today is the tenth anniversary of Bubba’s finger shake, and “Ah did nawt have sexshull r’lations with that woman, Miz Lewinsky!”