I don't know what to make of Monica Lewinsky's efforts to cast herself as the First Victim of the Internet Bullying Culture.
On one hand, I understand it, on an emotional level: She wants her life back.
But on the other hand, I'm a bit mystified as to how she seems shocked and betrayed that she went from a "private person" to a national punchline with the revelation she had had a fairly tawdry affair with the President of the United States of America, in the Oval Office itself.
I'm pretty sure it went through her mind (and Bill's, too): OMG, I can't believe I'm doing this in the Oval Office.
Well, it went through our minds as well.
I'm also annoyed that she continues to pretend that her own actions had nothing to do with this.
But I'm only mildly annoyed by that.
What I'm really annoyed by is her determination to both claim victim status while remaining a Loyal Democrat and therefore refusing to lay any blame at Bill Clinton's feet, or Sidney Blumenthal's.
It wasn't Republicans who went to the Nuts and Sluts defense that had worked for Clinton before. Obviously, Republicans wanted Lewinsky to be a credible witness, not one tarnished by the Nuts and Sluts categorization.
And yet through all this Lewinsky just blames "the internet," "the media," and people as a general matter.
Well, as one of the four billion people who talked about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair in 1998 -- I would put forth the four billion other peoplewho found this to be a newsworthy story.
Were they all wrong?
No they weren't.
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