March 15, 2015
Demonizing Bill Clinton

Maureen Dowd is her usual witty, penetrating self in todayís offering. Here, for instance:

When the Rogue State of Bill began demonizing Monica Lewinsky as a troubled stalker, you knew you could count on the complicity of feminists and Democratic women in Congress. Billís female cabinet members and feminist supporters had no choice but to accept the unappetizing quid pro quo: The Clintons would give women progressive public policies as long as the women didnít assail Bill for his regressive private behavior with women.
This stalker stuff comes up with tiresome regularity. It shouldnít be necessary to say, but stalkers of both sexes do in fact exist, and Monica Lewinsky defines the term. She aimed herself at President Clinton from the first day she set foot in the White House, no doubt having gathered from news reports that he was enthusiastically heterosexual. She was not an innocent child. She was free, white and 22. She was already involved in a five-year affair with her married high school drama teacher. She had in no sense been pressured or seduced by a powerful boss. The only one stalked in that whole squalid business was Clinton.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 15, 2015 05:17 PM
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"white"??

Posted by: on March 15, 2015 8:08 PM

"Enthusiastically heterosexual"
Great line. I'm gonna use that one.

Posted by: Sean0 on March 15, 2015 9:26 PM

Free, white, etc. is an old expression, not particularly pejorative in your grandfather's day, but merely descriptive. The meaning conveyed would have been "Nobody can tell me what to do like I was some kid or black and/or a prisoner." If the expression seems offensive now, it's probably because racism is dead in America, as is well known, and we hate to be reminded of those bad old days when whites could order nonwhites around.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on March 16, 2015 12:00 PM

Priceless response, Mr Doolittle. You took the words right out of my mouth, so to speak.

Dang. Now that I look at my comment I see that I have a hard time communicating without old expressions.

Posted by: Dave on March 16, 2015 6:01 PM
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