Monica Lewinsky is speaking out in Vanity Fair about her affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Why is she choosing now to rehash events that happened over a decade ago?
You’ll be able to read Vanity Fair‘s full story digitally on May 8, and it will be on newsstands May 13.
Timing is everything. The news media is currently abuzz with talk of Hillary Clinton running for President again in 2016. Though Clinton has neither confirmed nor denied plans to run for the presidency, Monica Lewinsky could be attempting to throw a monkey wrench into Clinton’s campaign plans.
Could Republican strategists have convinced Lewinsky to air dirty laundry in Vanity Fair? Possibly. The timing of Lewinsky’s essay seems to be more than a mere coincidence.
Lynne Cheney’s Take
Former First Lady Lynne Cheney thinks that the Clintons themselves are behind Lewinsky’s essay. “Would Vanity Fair publish anything of Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t want in Vanity Fair?“, wondered Cheney aloud on Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor (Politico).
Cheney seems to believe that the Clintons are letting Lewinsky’s story come out now, in 2014, so that by the time 2016 rolls around it will be considered “old news.”
What Cheney is not considering, though, is that the Lewinsky scandal was considered “old news” by the time we hit year 2000.
Lewinsky maintains that her reason for going public is so that she can help others who may be feeling shame because of “online humiliation.” She compares herself to Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who committed suicide because his roommate put an embarrassing video of him online.
Lewinsky implies in her essay that she was the first victim of cyber-bullying. “Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet,” wrote Lewinsky (Vanity Fair).
It seems that Monica Lewinsky is attempting to portray herself as simultaneously a victim and an activist, out to achieve justice for those who have been harassed online.
“Narcissistic Loony Toon”
Hillary Clinton famously referred to Monica Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon” during the heat of the scandal in the 1990s. Over a decade later, it seems like Hillary was right. The most likely reason why Lewinsky is drudging this up again is because she wants to be back in the spotlight.
The fact is that the two most interesting Clintons in the news right now are Hillary and Chelsea. Unless Lewinsky is having an illicit affair with either of the female Clintons, her Vanity Fair piece is ancient history. We’ve all moved on, Monica. Maybe you should too.