Ms. Lewinsky herself is 32 now, old enough
(maybe) to have a chuckle herself about it. She blew the President, and with
it the Presidency. I still can’t forgive Bill for that. But most
Americans eventually concluded that getting a hummer from a 22-year
old intern was not an impeachable offense, even if he lied about it.
And the parade of sanctimony that
followed! "You can’t lie in the jury,” is the way one Florida
Congressman put it.
The Senate has "been able to take the partisanship out of this
issue, and I think that frightens the White House” intoned a
Senator from Idaho.
Voting for impeachment would be "one of the saddest moments in
our nation’s history” said the gentleman from Arizona, just before
voting aye. The gentleman from Illinois solemnly voted for
impeachment despite the fact his district had voted for Clinton.
Those weren’t the highlights then. But
they are now.
Flash forward 8 short years. It seems
that La Cage Aux Foley has coincided with the opening of a whole
bunch of Republican closets. Let’s see what we have here:
There’s the guy who not only hid
his affair, but was accused of choking his mistress.
This is, if anything, mild stuff. (Barely worth mentioning in fact.)
How about the conservative,
gay-bashing Senator outed as gay a few weeks before the election?
How about the Arizona Congressman
found to have taken male pages on “camping trips” a few years
before coming out of the closet himself?
Or the guy who married into a
dictator’s family and then “did” a 16-year old page?
I’m not counting here the Republican candidate for
Florida governor getting outed,
or the whole “velvet mafia”
that was secretly running the Republican House of Representatives.
And remember there are still over two weeks to go.
Where this gets funny is when the same
conservatives who damned Clinton to political hell come out in
defense of these pervs. They do it too!
What is the justification for this, other than to embarrass someone? What we need now is a bipartisan government of national unity.
Payback’s a bitch, ain’t it? It was said during
the Lewinsky mess that tragedy often repeats as satire, relating the
Clinton impeachment to Watergate. I never dreamt then that it could
be topped. But it seems that some of the same Congressmen who
condemned that President’s behavior, and his hiding of it, were
secretly doing much worse things themselves.
If that doesn’t make you laugh out loud
this November 7 nothing will.