I know, I know. I’m already tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton every damn day. It’s too early. And no, I am not Ready for Hillary and no I don’t need your bobble bottle (though the iPhone case is cool). But here we are. And it only gets moreso from here. Lynne Cheney, whose judgement is to be taken seriously of course, says Hillary was behind Vanity Fair’s Monica Lewinsky story, currently in the pre-publication tease phase, to get it out of the way before she gets serious. Laura Ingraham is only mad she didn’t think of that first. Seriously.
I didn’t care about all this when it was actually happening. Frankly, if Bill Clinton was married to me, he would be dead by now. But since he is not my husband, virtually none of what transpired between Clinton and Lewinsky is any of my damn business. And I still resent 90’s-era House Republicans for making sure I had every detail (oy, the tissues …).
Except for this, and then I’ll leave you be. Monica says she decided now to go public about what happened to her because of Tyler Clementi. Yup. Below the fold, here’s that part of the Vanity Fair tease:
When Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers freshman who was secretly streamed via Webcam kissing another man, committed suicide in September 2010, Lewinsky writes, she was brought to tears, but her mother was especially distraught: “She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn’t let me out of her sight. She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life-a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death.” Lewinsky clarifies that she has never actually attempted suicide, but had strong suicidal temptations several times during the investigations and during one or two periods after.
Lewinsky writes that following Clementi’s tragedy “my own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?” She also says that, when news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but, “thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Her current goal, she says, “is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”
All this is just preview. The full version will be available tomorrow via online subscription. On newsstands May 13.