It was 10 years ago on Jan. 12 that Linda Tripp notified Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office that she had audiotapes of Monica Lewinsky telling her that she'd had an affair with President Bill Clinton, and that he'd urged her to lie if asked about it under oath.
and offers this suggestion:
Are there any lessons to draw from Monicagate? Not a lot. But there are a few:
1. Never ask about a politician's sex life, because someone just might tell you.
2. The sky does not fall when a newspaper prints the word penis.
3. Ditto vagina, which Eve Ensler couldn't have freed from its taboo status in the mainstream media if Monicagate hadn't freed penis first.
4. All politicians commit adultery. There are exceptions, but they're statistically insignificant and not worth investigating.
5. Guilt is but one consideration when a nation undertakes to expel a president from office before his term ends.
6. If you have or had an "inappropriate" relationship with the president of the United States, don't tell your best friend.
One Slate commentator (NickD) nails it:
So Linda Tripp betrayed a friend about an affair. That's a very Republican thing to do, betrayal that is.
How many of the high level Republicans who shoved Americas face into Clinton's crotch for two full years were having affairs of their own at the very same time?
Answer. Almost all of them.
That these hypocritical bozo's could get away with wasting over 80 million dollars on such a horse manure witch hunt is unimaginable. [...]
Here's a simple fact the so called family values republicans overlook all the time. The Clinton's are not perfect people but despite their problems they are still married to each other. That's something the divorce crazy republicans do not seem to be able to do. Its easy to walk away from ones problems, GWB has done that to every problem he has ever had and is preparing to walk away from his mess in Iraq. But at least the Clintons stand up and take their lumps like adults.
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