Writer says Clinton-Lewinsky Story Just Won’t Go Away; Why?

This official White House photo taken Nov. 17, 1995, shows President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. (PHOTO: AP)
This official White House photo taken Nov. 17, 1995, shows President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. (PHOTO: AP)

It’s the story that won’t go away.

The scandal over President Clinton’s affair with thong-flashing intern Monica Lewinsky erupted 16 years ago. But you’d never know it from what you encounter in the news media these days.

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On Sunday, there was Mitt Romney, last seen getting his clock cleaned by Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, assuring us on NBC’s Meet the Press that he didn’t think the tawdry relationship would become an issue if front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee in two years.

On Friday, lefty talk show host Bill Maher warned in an interview on CNN that any attempts by the GOP to use the aging saga against Hillary would surely backfire, and that the president’s dalliance had in fact attracted sympathy, not hostility, to the wronged wife. Go figure.

And then there was the inevitable Miley Cyrus. During the kickoff of her Bangerz tour in Vancouver Friday night, Cyrus simulated oral sex on a dude dressed up as Bill Clinton, prompting celebrity gossip website TMZ to declare, “Miley Cyrus pulls a Monica Lewinsky…on Clinton impersonator.”

So why are we even talking about this? I know retro is in — vinyl records, anyone? — but why are we returning to the unlamented days of Ken Starr and cigars and semen-stained dresses? Are we so scandal-challenged? Is the ongoing tale of Chris Christie and the Fort Lee traffic snarl chopped liver?

In fact, the president and the intern were put back in play by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Appearing on Meet the Press on Jan. 26, Paul said that while Democrats keep pounding the GOP for allegedly waging a War on Women, the media were giving Clinton a “pass” over his “predatory behavior” with Lewinsky. Does that have anything to do with Hillary Clinton’s candidacy? Paul at first said that wasn’t his message, but quickly added that when it comes to the Clintons, “It’s hard enough to separate one from the other.”

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Rem Rieder

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