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Monica Lewinsky Won't Go Away

While listening to NPR in the car coming back from Ed’s stress test, I heard an interview in which Monica Lewinsky talks about her pain, her angst, her humiliation. She beautifully articulates her situation, she sounds so reasonable, but the bottom line is she is trying to extend her 15 minutes of fame and gain sympathy.

Here is why she doesn’t have my sympathy: she had, before interning at the White House, a history of getting involved with bosses and mentors, in other words, a power junkie.
Yes, Clinton should have resisted her, but he was weak and she was young. I am inclined to believe that he fell for the young part of this equation. It was a lapse of self-control and judgment, but it had nothing to do with his job. Then, instead of keeping her mouth shut, she had to gain status by confiding in a friend who betrayed her. She had to tell someone that she had gotten to the most powerful man in the country. She had to tell. Else, how would anyone know how special she was?

And a personal revelation that is key to my perception: When I was in my early 20s I too got next to powerful people. When these relationships ended, I went my way without trying to bring them down. Notice I am not mentioning names even now. It was my nature to take personal responsibility for my poor choices.

Monica's hungry little ego nearly brought down a president. And she is still trying to gain traction by talking about her difficult adjustment to a life of relative anonymity. She appears to be making a career out of the event.

A while back she wailed that no one would hire her. I’m sure she could get a job, but she doesn’t want any old job. She wants a high-powered, important job, with visibility and status. No, she’s not going to get one of those. She would have to be extraordinary for someone to hire her for a high level job with all the baggage she brings with her, particularly since her abilities are not special. Extraordinary she’s not. She hasn’t caught on yet.

If she really wants a fresh start, she should change her name and her appearance (plastic surgery?) She’d still be stuck with no talent. I can’t help her there.
Meanwhile, she gets interviews. She is also a limelight junkie.

xx, Teal

posted on Feb 27, 2016 6:56 AM ()


She could start a new brand of quality cigars.
comment by jondude on Feb 28, 2016 6:25 AM ()
She doesn’t seem to have had the personality that can handle this. Jessica Hahn, of Jim Bakker fame, embraced her notoriety and did very well, if one wants just money and fame, but it sounds like she wants to be trusted in a high position. That seems highly unlikely.
comment by drmaus on Feb 27, 2016 9:05 AM ()
Bakker had a huge following consisting of a religious subset of the country. His sleaziness and hypocrisy were way beyond anything that any president has done (and there were many, not just Clinton). And he wasn't even toppled. His faithful continued to believe in him, because you can't fix stupid. As for Jessica Hahn, in light of his very tacky character, I don't blame her for extending her notoriety. Also, the country was not at risk from this a.h.
reply by tealstar on Feb 28, 2016 6:40 AM ()
comment by elderjane on Feb 27, 2016 7:23 AM ()

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