This powerful OpEd from Monica Lewinsky in
illustrates a shift:
Grief for a relationship that had no normal closure, and instead was slowly dismantled by two decades of
behavior that eventually (eventually!) helped me understand how, at 22, I took the small, narrow sliver of the man I knew and mistook it for the whole.
We can not underestimate the importance of Lewinski's very young age at the time of the affair. And how a naive young woman would mistake what she knew of someone being the whole of him. A relatable experience for many people who remember what it was like to be young.
As it so often does, power throws a protective cape around the shoulders of the man, and he dictates the spin by denigrating the less powerful woman.
Bingo. This is the same Democrat party which claims to champion women. But here's the money quote:
If you want to know what power looks like, watch a man safely, even smugly, do interviews for decades, without ever worrying whether he will be asked the questions he doesn’t want to answer.
Ouch. Bill is going to need some ice for that. Which I realize is a Juanita Broaddrick reference. But is still applicable.
Lewinsky has a point. I remember after Cigargate, Bill's biggest defensive strategy was "it was only some pu$y." Who cares the President of the United States took advantage of one of his interns. A blow job isn't as bad as the Republicans. Who cares if Bill Clinton lied under oath. Who cares if he was getting a little lucky while also working for the American people. Everybody does it!
After that, the defense became, "Who cares? That happened so long ago? It's time to move on."
And the media was more than happy to play along, more than happy to forget they helped a sexual predator get away with sexual predation while destroying the life of a young woman. Just because Bill Clinton was THEE Democrat.
"Believe all women!" Only if believing doesn't get in the way of a political agenda.