Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, together again (on TV at least)

America’s Prince Charles and Camilla?

Are the Clintons done and gone for good? Hillary makes noises like the wants to run again in two years but that is merely the electro-muscular twitching of a dead frog. One hopes. (Donald Trump could not be THAT lucky!)

No candidate wants Bill Clinton on their podium. He has, finally, been done in by the #MeToo movement’s accounting for his serial sexual predations. The once-powerful couple’s 13-city tour has been cancelled due to poor sales. (Source here.)

clinton_lewinsky_aande_ringer-02Channel surfing on the Manor’s ancient b&w Philco, happened to catch Tuesday evening part of the A&E network’s six-part series, The Clinton Affair. It is evenly balanced — remarkably so. (But should have been titled “Affairs,” plural.) With extensive interviews with prosecutor Ken Starr and — ta da! — Monica Lewinsky amazingly looking much the same as she did 20 years ago, when that affair and her blue dress threatened to bring down the Clinton presidency.

Monica shares her humiliation at the late-night comedians’ jokes, which A&E helpfully replays. As is a snippet of the infamous SNL skit with hefty John Goodman playing confidante-turned-informant Linda Tripp.

You can watch the episodes here at the A&E site.
(Don’t know when they’ll be rerun on cable but likely they will.)

Also spell-binding is the footage of Clinton’s deposition, wherein he parses what the meaning of the word “is” is. And the interview with a Ken Starr assistant who accompanied the doctor to the White House late at night to take the President’s blood sample to match the DNA on the blue dress.

There is Hillary Clinton on a morning talk show imagining the “vast right-wing conspiracy” of, largely, Federalist Society lawyers known as “The Elves.” Sure enough, there is a very young Brett Kavanaugh sitting over the left shoulder (the viewer’s right) of special prosecutor Ken Starr. (How delicious that Hillary had been scheduled on Rachel Maddow back in September just as the Kavanaugh allegations broke and she had to tip toe around a response! Our take is here.)

‘Genuinely, morally outrageous’

The six-part series also gives face-time to Bill’s other victims: Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey. 

Still defending his old boss is the reptilian James Carville, the infamous fixer who, back then, infamously tarred the victims as “trailer trash.”

“Watching The Clinton Affair (says this reviewer) makes it difficult to see the events leading up to Clinton’s impeachment as anything other than genuinely, morally outrageous.” 

Arguably, Bill Clinton’s conduct was as bad or worse than Richard Nixon’s. How Clinton survived to finish his term is truly remarkable. 

Even to this partisan Republican 20 years later, the Clinton affair(s) do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. No, not even the lying. Instead, Bill Clinton and his enabling, power-hungry wife must suffer the verdict of history. 

What’s love got to do with it?

Ann of Althouse believes:

Bill Clinton loved her and that he watched this show and felt deep pangs of loss of her love and her company these past 20 years. I’m not saying he’s a good person. I’m just observing the fact of the sheer magnetism of Monica Lewinsky. I wish Bill Clinton had simply resigned and walked away from the presidency — given it all up for love. I think she deserved it, she whose youth he appropriated, she who really did love him.

Hillary, give the man the divorce he so clearly needs! Like Charles and Camilla, the two love birds can finally get legal!

What else we’re reading the day before Thanksgiving

Attention John Nichols: “How the Beto O’Rourke bubble could burst,” in Politico.

If O’Rourke had made real inroads in Trump territory, then it would make perfect sense to dispatch him to similar territory across the country as the party’s standard-bearer. But he was crushed in Texas’ more rural, lightly populated counties by a 2-to-1 margin.… Red state Democratic candidates like Krysten Sinema who steered clear of the culture wars had better results on Election Day than forthrightly progressive candidates like O’Rourke.

And today’s winner:Eastern Michigan U ends Vagina Monologues since not all women have vaginas.” And you wonder how Donald Trump gets elected?

 

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8 Responses to Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, together again (on TV at least)

  1. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Kudos to A&E! One of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long time and proof that good old-fashioned objective journalism can still be produced if the will is there (most often it’s not). A stroke of genius to give Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick the same respect given to Monica, Ken Starrr, even the Clintons. (Those two came across as a thousand times more credible that Christine Ford.) We’ve come a long way since the “bimbo eruptions” of the Clinton era (a phrase attributed to James Carville whose appearance–his literal physical appearance–on the program is enough to make one’s skin crawl (I kept expecting him to flick out his forked tongue and slither away). One thing that came through loud and clear was how the media–especially NBC–did everything in their power to protect Bill, though unlike today a rudimentary sense of shame demanded they do it behind the scenes instead of parading their bias for all to see and applaud.

    Loved the article on the Vagina Monologues. More proof, inf any were needed, of how the Left will tie itself in knots to celebrate/demand “inclusivity” even if it means venturing into the realm of the absurd.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Gary L. Kriewald;

      “Kudos to A&E!”

      Copy that; superb!

      The salad years of The-Former-Serial-Sexual-Predator-In-Chief and Hillarity; can you honestly conceive of a couple that’re more execrably excretable P‘sOS than them?

      If so, yer a better person than myself.

      Anywho; would LUV to hear the Clintonista Cabal’s comments…and those of the resident blog Lefties.

      Carville?

      ‘Nuf said!

      The Gotch

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  2. Tom Paine says:

    Clintons and historians verdicts? Impossible to assess until and unless the corruption of/by/about the Clinton Foundation becomes clear.

    Better to think forward. Holiday reading: I continue to recommend–> Jordon Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life.

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  3. Sprocket says:

    The truly unfortunate thing is, all Bill had to do to make the whole thing a non-issue was say “Yes, it happened. I’m sorry… By the way, have you seen who I’m married to?”

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  4. Batman says:

    Sprocket describes a sentiment that permeates the collective (sub)consciousness, and increasingly so because more people are now acquainted with Hillbilly.
    The fact that Billary is even more offensive than Trump on a personal level (and far more corrupt) is astounding.

    Billary sold her soul by defending Bill and trashing his accusers. The understood payoff for standing by her man was to ultimately become President, and when that didn’t work out her entire psychological construct came crashing down. That meltdown has been on display for two years now without indication of healing any time soon.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Remember Hillary’s famous phrase from her and Bill’s “60 Minutes” interview in which she declared that she wasn’t one of those Tammy Wynette types who “stand by their man” no matter what? Exactly what she did, of course, though motivated more by a lust for power than by affection for someone she knew to be a serial philanderer/abuser.

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  5. madisonexpat says:

    Bwa Ha Ha Ha! I assume the entire Pants Suit Nation bought tickets to the HillBillary Show.
    ABob, was it worth the $1,000? Will they give you a refund? I know she couldn’t give Harvey Weensteen his money back.Hopefully she treated you better.

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