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"Lewinsky Sex Tape" No, It Won't Destroy Hillary Clinton (barf alert!)
Slate ^ | Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 3:09 PM | David Weigel

Posted on 07/31/2013 6:05:05 PM PDT by drewh

The National Enquirer has obtained "a sex tape that Monica Lewinsky recorded for Bill Clinton at the height of their scandalous affair," according to Radar Online.

The Enquirer reports the emergence of the tape could torpedo Hillary’s expected run for the White House. “The Clintons thought this sex tape was dead and buried,” said one source. “If this tape and other material are surfacing now, imagine what else must be out there?"

This is about as lazy and wrong a read on politics as you're likely to see. The Lewinsky saga did not hurt Hillary Clinton. On the contrary, it lifted her poll numbers to the point where New York Democrats started sounding her out to run for U.S. Senate. A few examples:

- The December 1997 NBC poll put Clinton's favorable numbers at 45 percent. In October 1998 they were at 56 percent.

- The January 1998 ABC News/WaPo poll put her favorables at 52 percent. By August, when Bill Clinton apologized for the affair on television, Hillary's favorables had surged to 64 percent.

Every poll revealed basically the same thing. Bill Clinton's job approval numbers stayed steady during the Lewinsky affair, though his favorables sank. Hillary's favorables increased. The mass-psychology reason for this is probably too obvious to get into, but it's been forgotten—the public sympathized with Hillary.

A decade and a half later, this still sparks a strange cognitive dissonance. . You can always find a bulwark of opinion, usually on the right, indicting Hillary Clinton for the sex scandals around here. But the dominant opinion is always, always sympathy.

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1 posted on 07/31/2013 6:05:05 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

The objective of the story is to get it out of the way now well ahead of the election.

This is the classic Clinton way of doing business.


2 posted on 07/31/2013 6:07:31 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: drewh
The Lewinsky saga did not hurt Hillary Clinton. On the contrary, it lifted her poll numbers

Gee, I wonder after all these years who "leaked". Truly a Transparent Administration.

3 posted on 07/31/2013 6:07:37 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Nextrush

4 posted on 07/31/2013 6:08:28 PM PDT by drewh
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To: American in Israel

The public sympathized with her but she can’t win without Bill.


5 posted on 07/31/2013 6:10:15 PM PDT by des
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To: drewh

And to repeat the story spun to the media back then that Bill was a “victim” of Lewsinsky.


6 posted on 07/31/2013 6:11:08 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: drewh

I believe this was released by the Hillary campaign to:

1. Get the issue on the table long before the campaign
2. Remind everyone about how faithful and devoted she is
3. Remind everyone that she was in the White House.

They are pros at this. She will win.


7 posted on 07/31/2013 6:12:03 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. - Tacituss)
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To: American in Israel

Im calling her Benghazi Clinton.


8 posted on 07/31/2013 6:12:17 PM PDT by IM2MAD (IM2MAD=Individual Motivated 2 Make A Difference)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Here comes the ‘Right Wing Consipracy’ card again, Hilly on the phone to Matt Lauer stat! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI_SqqJIU14


9 posted on 07/31/2013 6:13:59 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
Aren't The Enquirer owners good friends with the Klintons?

Also, this new *bombshell tape* isn't a conversation between Billy Jeff and Monica...just Monica.

Hill will say this girl was just dreaming.

10 posted on 07/31/2013 6:14:02 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: drewh

While Hill was grazing, Monica was humming!


11 posted on 07/31/2013 6:16:25 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: drewh

Must be the first IMAX Sex Tape.


12 posted on 07/31/2013 6:20:40 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: des

she can, if Bill happens to have a chest grabber before the election.

A new widow like that would win over a lot of the LIVs.


13 posted on 07/31/2013 6:20:44 PM PDT by digger48
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14 posted on 07/31/2013 6:21:57 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

“(Baby )Elephant Walk” is the theme music for that pic


15 posted on 07/31/2013 6:22:32 PM PDT by GeronL
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16 posted on 07/31/2013 6:25:52 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

with the right haircut and sunglasses, they could be twins


17 posted on 07/31/2013 6:27:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Obama is an amateur. The Clintons are pros.


18 posted on 07/31/2013 6:30:27 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: drewh

Say what you will about Snopes Clinton, you’ve got to admit he’s always had terrible taste in women.


19 posted on 07/31/2013 6:33:16 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: drewh
The Klinton bomb squad is just defusing the bomb in case someone finds a copy of this somewhere in Chicago a year or two from now.

They'll be defusing a lot more land mines and "scandal bombs" between now and spring of 2014 so Hillary can look good campaigning for demoscum midterm.

20 posted on 07/31/2013 6:45:23 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: drewh

Given the main stream media a video tape of Clinton and Monica doing the nasty would be scarcely reported and dismissed as old news. Nothing will come of this tape.


21 posted on 07/31/2013 6:47:15 PM PDT by The Great RJ (construction)
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To: Rashputin

‘zackly.
Open it and dump it.


22 posted on 07/31/2013 7:02:46 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: drewh

I could be missing something, but short of a “bombshell” revelation about Hillary, Bill and Monica engaged in a menage-a-trois, I don’t see how a tape involving Bill and Monica would hurt Hillary in the least (or a tape of Bill and anyone else for that matter).


23 posted on 07/31/2013 7:09:49 PM PDT by Let_It_Be_So (Once you see the Truth, you cannot "unsee" it, no matter how hard you may try.)
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To: dinodino
Obama is an amateur. The Clintons are pros.

Explain how Hillary was whooped by the no-name dude from Chicago in the 08 primary? Never underestimate Obama or his minions.....

24 posted on 07/31/2013 7:27:20 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: drewh

25 posted on 07/31/2013 7:52:24 PM PDT by Route395
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To: drewh

26 posted on 07/31/2013 8:18:09 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: drewh

Who the hell cares about either one of those fat pigs?


27 posted on 08/01/2013 5:42:24 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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