Kathleen Parker: We also learn that Hillary once referred to Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon,” which by most books is a charitable observation.

 

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But Hillary Clinton is sui generis, endlessly fascinating in that love-her-or-hate-her way. To some, she is an intelligent woman who has weathered a 20-year assault with relative grace. To others, she’s a pushy broad whose dagger gaze reminds them of a disapproving teacher, or worse. Guess which ones are women and which are men.

What Blair’s papers mostly reveal is that Hillary Clinton is a human being who was deeply hurt and humiliated by the Lewinsky affair — and that she is sometimes profane in private. Men, we admit, are less secretive, often hurling their epithets in public — even sometimes on the Senate floor.

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Perhaps the more apt metaphor for this week’s buzz isn’t a movie after all but double jeopardy. The case of Hillary, Bill and Monica has been prosecuted and then some. Thus all, especially Hillary, have been politically inoculated against further prosecution on this point. Besides, as some apparently need reminding, Hillary was the victim.

She wasn’t the only casualty, however. Also wounded, tragically, was Lewinsky, now 40. Forevermore, her life is a stained blue dress. Though legally of age and consensually available when she began flirting with the president, she ultimately was a naive, misguided kid barely out of college. (Depending on what is revealed in a rumored $12 million tell-all book, I reserve the right to amend the foregoing.)

Meanwhile, Hillary, who has said she forgave her husband years ago, might consider also forgiving Lewinsky. There’s nothing like compassion to ruin a ruthless meme. If I were her scriptwriter, she might say something like this:

Everyone is familiar with the marital difficulties Bill and I worked so hard to get through. Yet, some have seen fit to resurrect the past. As I’ve said before, I forgave my husband a long time ago. Today, I’d like to forgive someone else. Monica Lewinsky.

As you’ve probably read, I once made a disparaging remark about Ms. Lewinsky in confidence to a dear friend. I’m sure you can understand why. I can’t apologize for my feelings, but I am sorry I said those things. In any case, that was also a long time ago. We’ve all matured, become wiser and moved on with our lives. It’s time to let the country move on as well.

Thank you for your decency in allowing the past to rest. I’m Hillary Clinton, and I’m the one running for president.

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