MEACHAM (1/2/07): Time and again in the American experience, however, the culture has been more in line with Lincolns—and Ford's— views on the question of religious expression and thought in the public sphere than it has been to that of strict separationists. Guarding against excessive religious influence in our public affairs is an unending task, and the virtues of justice and mercy are universal (or should be).Youre right—that doesnt quite make sense. Presumably, an editor removed some phrase like Still and all from the start of that second sentence. But by now, The Parsons columns on this topic virtually type themselves. He owns the middle in this pseudo-debate. Boldly, he takes his stand with Lincoln—but he warns against vulgar excess.
COHEN (1/2/07): In the various books I've read about the Bill Clinton impeachment scandal—a scandal because of what was done and a scandal because the president was impeached for it—the same story is told over and over again. When the prosecutors or lawyers or whoever finally got to meet the storied Monica Lewinsky, they were floored by her. She was smart, personable and—as the record makes clear—dignified. This is more than can be said about some of the people who write about her.Good God! Nine years later, he still thinks first of Miss Lewinsky! In this new and promising year, she is literally the first thing on his mind!
COHEN: It would be nice, too, and fair, also, if Lewinsky were treated by the media as it would treat a man. What's astounding is the level of sexism applied to her, as if the wave of the women's movement broke over a new generation of journalists and not a drop fell on any of them. Where, pray tell, is the man who is remembered just for sex? Where is the guy who is the constant joke for something he did in his sexually wanton youth? Maybe here and there some preacher, but in those cases the real subject matter is not sex but hypocrisy. Other than those, no names come to mind.What man is remembered just for sex? One name comes to mind: Bill Clinton! And well add another name—Al Gore. A few months ago, we had occasion to re-research the official start of Gores White House campaign, in June 1999. We were amazed to see how deeply the press corps was focused on Lewinsky that weekend (were talking about major front-page coverage)—and we were struck to see how clear it was that the battering being handed to Gore was really all about Miss Lewinsky. (Roger Simon said so to Howard Kurtz, and its clear from the larger context. For a tiny part of this story, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 8/29/06. In real time, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 7/23/99.) Earth tones? Invented the Internet? Hired a woman to teach him how to be a man? These were all subtext for Miss Lewinsky. Trust us—Gore is remembered for Lewinsky just as much as Bill Clinton is. Simply put, Cohens crew was obsessed by those bl*w j*bs—but Clinton hadnt paid a sufficient price. So they began inventing weird tales about Gore—with Cohen reciting each one.
LOS ANGELES TIMES (12/21/06):Actually, Lewinsky was 22 and a half when she became involved with Clinton. But God bless them! They luvved that 21-year-old intern, the star of their bodice-ripping novel. And they insist on their fake facts today! That woman is forever 21.
Nation in Brief / NEW YORK;
Lewinsky earns degree in Britain
Former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky, whose sexual relationship with President Clinton led to his impeachment, has graduated from the London School of Economics, her publicist said in New York.
Lewinsky, who was 21 when she became involved with Clinton, is interviewing for jobs in Britain, publicist Barbara Hutson said. Lewinsky received her master of science degree in social psychology.
UNITED PRESS (12/21/06): Monica Lewinsky has earned a master's of science degree from the London School of Economics, People magazine reported Thursday.Uh-oh! Lewinsky, 32, was no longer an intern during her White House affair. But so what! The press corps penned a thrilling novel about their darling, a 21-year-old intern. Even now, almost nine years later, they insist on their fake-but-fun facts.
Lewinsky, 32, is best remembered for her White House intern affair with former U.S. President Bill Clinton during his second term in office.