To a generation that came of age after Bill Clinton left the White House and Hillary served in the relative obscurity of the Senate while waiting her turn to move back in, the name Monica Lewinsky may not even be vaguely recognizable.

Was she the star of a prime time soap opera like ‘Dallas’ or the girl who turned the letters on ‘Jeopardy?’

In fact, the real story of the woman behind the name may shock the sensibilities of millennials who advocate safe spaces on campuses and mandatory seminars to educate young men on how to “rid” themselves of their “toxic masculinity.”

To them, the idea that a young woman would be used, abused, discarded, ridiculed and debased within the nation’s corridors of power and in full view of the media, all at the hands of the kindly, genial grandparent-like figures claiming their votes, is beyond comprehension.

A 20-something young woman just starting out in her career may be thrilled by the opportunity to cast a vote for the first woman president – someone who touts a resume of being a “champion” of women and children for decades, but the rather doddering grandfather with the high, thin voice is almost an irrelevance.

But now a video clip of Monica Lewinsky has gone viral in a medium that hadn’t been invented when millennials were born, and her story is new to them – and shocking.

Lewinsky’s story as the 22-year-old White House intern in the blue dress whose Oval Office trysts with President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment for perjury and to public embarrassment for Hillary and Chelsea.

Anyone else would have been humiliated. Not the Clintons.

“Job One” was to destroy Lewinsky – the “narcissistic loony toon” Hillary called her.

“I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously,” Lewinsky said.

The White House sex scandals – including the “Bimbo Eruptions” office Hillary set up to deal with Bill’s “female trouble” – are full of sordid detail, some of it contained in a book from former Secret Service agent Gary S. Byrne, “Crisis of Character.”

“I stood guard, a pistol at my hip, outside the Oval Office, the last barrier before anyone saw Bill Clinton. The last barrier before Monica Lewinsky saw Bill Clinton.”

Whether young women will be concerned about the way Lewinsky was treated by the Clintons remains to be seen, but there is no doubt they are having their innocent eyes opened about the seamy side of politics in this brutal political year.

 

 

 

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