Hillary Called Monica a ‘Narcissistic Loony Toon’, Why Should We Really Care?
In a recent tell-all published in Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky claims the infamy from her days at the White House sex scandal has left her unemployable and bullied by the American public.
A note, supposedly penned by Hillary Clinton’s former best friend, Diane Blair, though, suggests Hillary may have thought Lewinsky may have not been an ideal job candidate even before her little blue dress put her in the public eye.
According to Blair, Hillary blamed both her husband and the intern for the sex scandal, but thought Lewinsky was out of control while on the job as a White House intern.
“It was a lapse, but she says to his credit he tried to manage someone who was clearly a ‘narcissistic loony toon,’ but it was beyond control,” Blair wrote in a note reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website.
Lewinsky herself quotes Blair’s memo in her Vanity Fair piece, and claims that the scorned First Lady probably said a lot of mean things about her at the time.
My first thought,” Lewinsky wrote in her essay, “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.”
Lewinsky also said that her relationship with Bill was never about being in control (or out of it) and was not about power at all, but a romantic tryst.
“Although she [Hillary] regarded Bill as having engaged in ‘gross inappropriate behavior,’ the affair was, nonetheless, ‘consensual (was not a power relationship),” Lewinsky demanded.
Or, perhaps more accurately the former White House intern said the sex act was not about power, but the cover-up ultimately was, stressing,”Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat to protect his powerful position.”
While the idea that Monica, then an intern, and Bill, one of the most powerful men in the world, could somehow engage in a sexual relationship where power and control was not somehow at play seems dubious at best, it is perhaps no more dubious than someone who also claims to want to shun the spotlight penning a tell-all in Vanity Fair in the first place.
Which perhaps raises a more central issue about the whole Hillary-Monica hoopla. Why should we care what a scorned First Lady said about her husband’s lover to her best friend years ago? Why should we be bothered about Lewinsky’s post-affair struggles revealed in her tell all?
According to New Republic, we shouldn’t, or at least we should not be concerned about the names of the players in this all-too-familiar tale. Instead, the important lesson is what the Lewinsky scandal reveals about how women, both powerful and power-adjacent, are often kept down in today’s society, both in the ’90’s and today.
“It is the story of women in the United States,” Rebecca Traister explains about scandal that is once again making headlines, adding women like Hillary and Monica have been “marginalized, sexualized, and pitted against each other since time began.”
The result is that the real power play is the one that ultimately uses stories like this one to strip control and power from women and keep them on the “fringes of a power structure and very far from the top of it.”