Lynne Cheney: Would Vanity Fair have run this new feature on Monica Lewinsky without checking with Hillary first?

posted at 4:01 pm on May 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

I confess, such is Billary’s reputation for Machiavellianism that my gut reaction to seeing the Monica news was to wonder how it benefited the Clintons. A simple point from Cheney: Would VF have tossed this grenade into the 2016 scrum without running it by Her Majesty first? It’ll sell magazines, but that’s a myopic benefit if the cost is pissing off the odds-on favorite to succeed Obama, with the reduced White House access that that entails. It wouldn’t be the first time a major media outlet has thought twice about greenlighting a project that might displease her eother. And remember, as miserable as the Lewinsky episode must have been for Hillary personally, it was golden for her politically. Go look at the approval numbers from that era that Dave Weigel re-posted today. Reminding the public how she was wronged only makes Hillary more sympathetic.

Riddle me this, though. If the Lewinsky feature ran for the reason Cheney suggests, to re-air the dirty laundry so that it’s really old news before 2016, why would this passage have made it into the article? This is the last lesson that Hillary wants people to glean from l’affaire Monica:

In the Vanity Fair article, Lewinsky responds to reports made public in February that Hillary Clinton, in correspondence with close friend Diane Blair during the 1990s, had characterized Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon.”

Lewinsky writes that her first thought was “as I was getting up to speed: If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky. Mrs. Clinton, I read, had supposedly confided to Blair that, in part, she blamed herself for her husband’s affair (by being emotionally neglectful) and seemed to forgive him. Although she regarded Bill as having engaged in ‘gross inappropriate behavior,’ the affair was, nonetheless, ‘consensual (was not a power relationship).’”…

Asked about those conversations between Hillary Clinton and Blair, Lewinsky writes: “Yes, I get it. Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband’s mistress. She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman-not only me, but herself-troubling.”

Reminding people that Hillary derided Monica while ultimately excusing Bill is … unhelpful messaging for the would-be First Woman President, who’ll be counting on sisterhood and the idea of empowerment to help her win. (Check out the second clip below for more on that, in which Hillary sounds a note of sexism in HillaryCare’s failure. There’s an outside chance that we’ll be hearing excuses in this vein for the next 10 years.) Lewinsky is a political asset to her only insofar as she’s reminding people that Hillary’s a victim; if Monica’s positioning herself as the ultimate victim — again, unhelpful.

But maybe it’s unhelpful to the GOP too. No matter how this plays out, with newfound public sympathy for Monica or for Hillary, it makes it harder for the GOP to dredge it up again later, even if they’re inclined to. Which, maybe, they’re not: Hard to believe anyone’s voting against Clinton in two years because they’re concerned that Bill, in his dotage, will be sneaking women into the coat room while Hillary’s busy running the country. It’ll come up if and when the Democrats get too heavy-handed with their “war on women” crap, as a way to parry those attacks, but otherwise it’s a nonfactor, I think.



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Hillary/Monica — 2016

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

I confess, such is Billary’s reputation for Machiavellianism that my gut reaction to seeing the Monica news was to wonder how it benefited the Clintons.

It gets this out about 18 months before the election gets serious because it was going to come up during the election cycle and everyone with half a brain knew it.

Water under the bridge, old news, blah, we have already covered that multiple times, blah…..

Johnnyreb on May 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Hillary owns the war on women.

She’s also a declared misanthrope.

Most of all, she has lots of blood on her fingers/heels.

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

“What difference at this point does it make?”

Do I really need to say more?

Marcus Traianus on May 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

There ARE NO coincidences in politics. Especially where it concerns the collusion between the Dims and the State-Run media.

Meople on May 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

It gets this out about 18 months before the election gets serious because it was going to come up during the election cycle and everyone with half a brain knew it.

Water under the bridge, old news, blah, we have already covered that multiple times, blah…..

Johnnyreb on May 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Dude, that was like two years ago.

WisRich on May 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I’ve never seen any of the Austin Powers movies, but I swear every time I see Hillary in that outfit I’m reminded of Mini-Me.

Mitoch55 on May 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Hillary…nothing more than and empty pants-suit…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

As Kathleen Willey states: “Hillary IS the war on women.”

Missilengr on May 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I’m pretty sure it’s better than talking about Benghazi.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Hard to believe anyone’s voting against Clinton in two years because they’re concerned that Bill, in his dotage, will be sneaking women into the coat room while Hillary’s busy running the country

But does anyone doubt that if Hillary is elected, this is exactly what Bill will be doing?

mbs on May 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

It’ll come up if and when the Democrats get too heavy-handed with their “war on women” crap

If/when they’re handling crap I hope they wear gloves.

steebo77 on May 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Part of the Democrat strategy to help Hillary survive Trey Gowdy’s investigation.

oscarwilde on May 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Will Slick be passing out cigars at the inauguration? Seriously, why don’t we just crown the witch and get on with the monarchy?

Rovin on May 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Lynne Cheney is the main cause of global warming.

BacaDog on May 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

If the Lewinsky feature ran for the reason Cheney suggests, to re-air the dirty laundry so that it’s really old news before 2016, why would this passage have made it into the article?

becuz illiterate idiots , popularly known as DimCrap base ,
DO NOT READ ?

burrata on May 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Bubba in the WH again…with all that free time. Good times!

d1carter on May 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Just so crazy it might be twoo…

tree hugging sister on May 7, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I don’t think the Hillary gang instigated thie but given the political bent of the media you can bet they ran it past them before they put it in.

crankyoldlady on May 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I think Monica Lewinsky is about to become filthy rich.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

The Dems know their voters have the attention span of squirrels and will follow the latest shiny object in a second.

katiejane on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Always liked Lynne Cheney…tough woman….smart woman.

Yes, I agree with her…

ToddPA on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

But maybe it’s unhelpful to the GOP too. No matter how this plays out, with newfound public sympathy for Monica or for Hillary, it makes it harder for the GOP to dredge it up again later, even if they’re inclined to.

Do NOT bring up that Bill is a perverted serial rapist ,
talk about what Killery has been doing to aid and abet rape and sexual harassment of women by her own husband, how she has profited immensely by cleaning up evidence after every crime Bill has committed starting from Little Rock to DC to NY. Talk about her loyalty to muzzies bros and what wahaBillary means for sharia in USA. Talk about all the money Saudis pump into Billary’s
” library” and why and how Billary will assassinate anyone they find inconvenient after using them, as they have done all their lives, including Benghazi.
That horndog shouldn’t be a concern, but Killery’s pimping should be.

burrata on May 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Hard to believe anyone’s voting against Clinton in two years because they’re concerned that Bill, in his dotage, will be sneaking women into the coat room

Had to check to see who posted this and wrote the comment above. I guess Allah is young enough that he thinks Bill Clinton will be in his dotage at 69/70. I imagine Clinton will still think he’s a silver fox. Someone should tell Allah that there is reason people talk about “dirty old men”

katiejane on May 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

As Bill nailed Monica, Lynne Cheney nails it. Er… You know what I mean.

Hillary is one cold, calculating creature.

Fallon on May 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

The fact that Hillary is even being considered for POTUS shows me how low we’ve sunk as a nation. Then again, I said the same thing about Obama in 2008. Make no mistake though, if Hillary gets into the oval office, she’ll finish the “fundamental transformation” of the country that Barry began. She’ll likely get a couple of SCOTUS nominees on the bench and given her anti-2A remarks yesterday that fact alone scares the crap out of me. Reap what you sow indeed.

volnation on May 7, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Hillary…nothing more than and empty pants-suit…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

…maybe we can hang one up…at the 2016 convention…and have Clint Eastwood talk to it!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Would Vanity Fair have run this new feature on Monica Lewinsky without checking with Hillary first?

Not a chance, in fact I’m sure Hillary was shown the article before it was published and asked if she would edit it.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Hillary…nothing more than and empty pants-suit…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

…maybe we can hang one up…at the 2016 convention…and have Clint Eastwood talk to it!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Empty barstool works for me.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

When she loses the nomination I’d love it if Hillary could make an instructional YouTube video on how to trade chicken futures and hide billing records from a subpoena.

Just remember, Hillary turned off lots of voters in 2008. She is “likeable enough” as Obama said with dripping sarcasm, but only just barely. Any better candidate that comes along will whip her.

MTF on May 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I think Monica Lewinsky is about to become filthy rich.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Or room temperature

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I tend to think that this is nothing less than the left dumping Hillary for someone with less baggage than Benghazi etc.

Don L on May 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

The Dems know their voters have the attention span of squirrels and will follow the latest shiny object in a second.

katiejane on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I see that you’ve never hunted squirrels. They are relentless in sitting quietly as you try to wait them out.

Don L on May 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I think Monica Lewinsky is about to become filthy rich.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Or room temperature

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Sent on a factfinding mission to Bosnia.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I think Monica Lewinsky is about to become filthy rich.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Or room temperature

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Sent on a factfinding mission to Bosnia.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

You guys crack me up… Maybe she’ll uhhh, take a jog in the park and uhhh… well, you know how that works with the Clintons n stuff.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I think Monica Lewinsky is about to become filthy rich.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Or room temperature

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Sent on a factfinding mission to Bosnia.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Or appointed Ambassador to Libya.

Steve Z on May 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I tend to think that this is nothing less than the left dumping Hillary for someone with less baggage than Benghazi etc.

Don L on May 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

My thoughts too. Probably helps Andrew Cuomo…who’s biographer is a Vanity Fair contributor.

monalisa on May 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Despite all the “First Woman President” propaganda used to sell Hillary to female voters, anyone comparing Hillary’s term as Secretary of State to Bill Clinton’s terms as President will realize that Bill would be the brains behind Hillary’s Presidency. In effect, the First Woman President is really Valerie Jarrett, the brains behind the Obama Presidency, since Easy Preezy left his brain in a choom pipe in Hawaii.

For voters who believe, as I do, that Bill will run the country if Hillary is elected, anything that Monica Lewinsky says about Bill’s behavior could be damaging to Hillary’s chances. Unless Bill uses some of his speaking fees to pay hush money to Monica.

Steve Z on May 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I think Monica Lewinsky is about to become filthy rich.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Or room temperature

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Sent on a factfinding mission to Bosnia.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Or appointed Ambassador to Libya.

Steve Z on May 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I’ve heard that Weeny Boy is looking for an intern, since Huma will be busy with Killery for the next decade or so :O
Monica would be perfect !!!

burrata on May 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

My thoughts too. Probably helps Andrew Cuomo…who’s biographer is a Vanity Fair contributor.

monalisa on May 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Yaaaayy…kwanza cakes for everybody ;-)

burrata on May 7, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Would Monica have come forward now if the Clintons hadn’t paid her to do so?

http://www.politicalowl.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/7-05-2014-nypost.jpg

Pork-Chop on May 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Would Vanity Fair have run this new feature on Monica Lewinsky without checking with Hillary first?

not a chance…. NO..

OT question..
would the Congressional Black Caucus call for the use of Drones
if Boko Haram had kidnapped 200 white girls??

side question..
if the Black Caucus calls for use of Drones
against Black Terrorists to kill them
for kidnapping Black School Girls…
is it racist?? is it war mongering??.. are they racist neo-cons??
is it GWB’s fault?

going2mars on May 7, 2014 at 6:57 PM