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Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:36 PM

Monica Lewinsky Is God's Gift to Twitter

Who knew Monica Lewinsky, the intern of record, would one day speak for all of us when she tweeted this in early September: “Just realized I am more scared of our government now than I was in 1998. And that’s saying a lot. A. LOT.”

Lewinsky, who has been a quiet force on Twitter since 2014, is recently rocking the sphere, claiming her voice in a very public forum after having been very publicly vilified—albeit before the age of social media. On Twitter, Lewinsky is a kind neighbor and saucy best friend. She dishes on challah recipes. She polls the Twitter abyss on what car she should get: “So very me. Can’t decide between a Subaru or a Tesla.” (It prompted a reply from Elon Musk saying that he’d be happy to give her one, and that she could return it if she wasn’t happy with it.) She’s a girl’s girl. Who knew? The social media platform provides a glimpse into a person who had been rendered as a flat surface for decades by the media. “I lived as a one-dimensional, mutated character for a very long time but I love that people connect to me on social media through these kinds of things,” she tells Vogue over the phone. “And when people connect for other reasons, it quiets those instances.”

Lewinsky seems Twitter-seasoned and breezy: Her banner image reads “Grateful AF.” in slate blue font on a millennial pink background. A segment of her bio reads “ex-beret model,” a reference to an infamous of picture of the young Lewinsky beaming and posing with former President Bill Clinton where she was wearing, yes, a beret. She has just shy of 1 million followers.

But her foray into social media wasn’t an easy one. She says that she was terrified about the prospect of joining the platform. It wasn’t until she spoke about the effects of bullying at a 30 Under 30 conference in 2014 that Forbes chief content officer Randall Lane convinced her to register. “He said ‘Listen, you can’t take up this crusade around online shaming, and online bullying, and these things, if you’re not really in the conversation and you’re just sort of chiming in from the sidelines,’” she says. “And he suggested that I publicly join Twitter.”

https://www.vogue.com/article/monica-lewinsky-twitter-humor-interview


I really admire this woman; she went through hell and came out on the other side in a positive, impactful way.

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Reply Monica Lewinsky Is God's Gift to Twitter (Original post)
demmiblue Sep 28 OP
Laelth Sep 28 #1
demmiblue Sep 28 #2
LakeArenal Sep 28 #6
Laelth Sep 28 #8
JI7 Sep 28 #7
qazplm135 Sep 28 #11
ihas2stinkyfeet Sep 28 #17
50 Shades Of Blue Sep 28 #19
Hekate Sep 28 #27
happy feet Sep 28 #29
SharonAnn Sep 28 #36
BlueMTexpat Sep 29 #40
Jack-o-Lantern Sep 28 #3
demmiblue Sep 28 #4
live love laugh Sep 29 #37
JI7 Sep 28 #5
demmiblue Sep 28 #9
JI7 Sep 28 #10
demmiblue Sep 28 #12
JI7 Sep 28 #14
demmiblue Sep 28 #15
JI7 Sep 28 #16
Skittles Sep 28 #31
demmiblue Sep 28 #33
Skittles Sep 28 #34
demmiblue Sep 28 #35
ihas2stinkyfeet Sep 28 #18
demmiblue Sep 28 #20
ihas2stinkyfeet Sep 28 #22
demmiblue Sep 28 #23
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Hekate Sep 28 #28
Skittles Sep 28 #32
marie999 Sep 29 #42
demmiblue Sep 28 #13
Aussie105 Sep 28 #21
Post removed Sep 29 #38
Budi Sep 28 #26
Earthshine2 Sep 28 #30
BlueMTexpat Sep 29 #39
Earthshine2 Sep 29 #41

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:42 PM

1. She did tremendous damage to our party and to liberal politics.

As did Bill Clinton, and I haven’t forgiven either of them.

That said, it’s good that both have made significant, positive contributions post-2000.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:45 PM

2. Sorry, not going to entertain that.

She was not the problem.

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:50 PM

6. That seems extreme to me. They really don't need your forgiveness.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:52 PM

8. That's good because neither is going to get it. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:51 PM

7. Considering everything it was a nonissue.

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:57 PM

11. nah, if it hadn't have been her

it would have been someone else. She was just the last one. Bill would have picked someone else, and behaved just as recklessly, timing would have just been slightly different.

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:20 PM

17. learning to forgive

 

is the biggest thing i learned from being a mom.
12 yrs of catholic school didnt do it. and being pure irish, believe me, i can grind a grudge to an edge that can take you ear off.
but being a mom is about forgiving.
you should try it, it's good for the heart.

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:24 PM

19. +1

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 08:31 PM

27. Remember Newt Gingrich & Pals? They were the actual criminals. Real criminals.

Bill and Monica were just foolish.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #27)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 08:44 PM

29. This!

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 11:30 PM

36. Sorry, Bill Clinton was FAR more responsible.

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 05:27 AM

40. I get where you are coming

from.

And you are absolutely correct in that she and Bill did tremendous damage to our party and liberal politics. Their actions also affected both Gore's and Hillary's candidacies for President. Remember that Gore could have easily won in 2000, avoiding the Florida debacle entirely, had he allowed Clinton to campaign for him as Clinton wished to.

But he didn't. and I blame that decision primarily on his running mater, the turncoat traitor Joe Lieberman.

But the worst culprits were Newt Gingrich and his crazies. And, to me, they always will be.

That's the bottom line.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:48 PM

3. F you ML

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Response to Jack-o-Lantern (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:50 PM

4. Lol... triggered!

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Response to Jack-o-Lantern (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:53 AM

37. 💯

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:50 PM

5. After listening to Monica Lewinsky in recent years I feel like she had no regrets

about her involvement with Clinton.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:52 PM

9. I guess people have different takes on the matter, especially women.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:54 PM

10. I am a woman

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Response to JI7 (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 06:57 PM

12. Well, woman across the board have very different opinions in this matter.

And some of us can put it into perspective in 2020.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #12)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:03 PM

14. I just listen to Monica herself and see no regrets from her

when it comes to being involved with Clinton.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #14)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:10 PM

15. Yeah, because decades later you need to hear her regrets. WTF.

She has moved on, probably with a shitload of therapy. Oh, but no, she needs to be regretful and beating herself up for the rest of her life?

Good lawd.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:14 PM

16. uh, she did a show on this just recently

that's where I saw she seemed proud of having been with bill. I have no problem with that.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 10:57 PM

31. moved on?

she brings it up all the time, she is disgusting

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Response to Skittles (Reply #31)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 11:01 PM

33. Nope... she is a strong, resilient woman.

Much like you portray yourself to be.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #33)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 11:12 PM

34. LOL

don't EVEN compare me to her - at 22 I was a sergeant in the military

DONE here

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Response to Skittles (Reply #34)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 11:15 PM

35. Give yourself a cookie.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:23 PM

18. good her. i mean that.

 

i have no regrets for playing 2nd fiddle to another woman for 5 yrs, either.
best sex i ever had. wiped the taste of 30 yrs of almost no sex right out of my mouth. so to speak.

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Response to ihas2stinkyfeet (Reply #18)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:26 PM

20. You're so obvious. n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #20)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:27 PM

22. what is that supposed to mean?

 

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Response to ihas2stinkyfeet (Reply #22)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:28 PM

23. Oh my goodness, I have no idea!

But feel free to keep kicking my thread!

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Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:30 PM

25. Oh...

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Response to JI7 (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 08:33 PM

28. Her mother sat by her bedside night after night, fearing Monica might kill herself.

I think she’s been through the fires of hell for her young foolishness.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #28)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 10:58 PM

32. enough with the YOUNG thing

I was a sergeant in the military at that same age.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #32)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 07:31 PM

42. And the military has very strong rules against an officer having sex with an enlisted person.

Some still do but more would if there weren't any rules against it.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:02 PM

13. Just putting this here (her TED talk):

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:27 PM

21. Good to see Monica has found her Voice.

Sex in the office between consenting adults is more common than you think. Even in the Oval Office.
(It's a thrill thing.)

I thought at the time it was all a beat-up, still do.

Worse things have happened in that Office. Wars have been started, countries demolished, plots hatched. (Trump reference)

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 07:58 PM

26. She caused her own hell. She stalked the President, gave no fucks for his wife nor daughter.

He apparantly didn't either, but this article isn't about him.

It's about her.
And she holds no more admiration for what role she played than he does.

She fking knew what she was doing & gave no fks about who she was damaging
Just server her own gratifying thrill at the moment.

She's owed nothing.


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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 09:48 PM

30. I blame Bill, not a starry-eyed, 22-year old intern. nt

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Response to Earthshine2 (Reply #30)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 05:13 AM

39. There is enough blame to go around.

Yes, Clinton should have known better and bears most of it. There is no question whatsoever about that.

But Hillary forgave him and he seems to have reformed since then after treatment for sex addiction. But his actions enabled Newt and his crazies to do their worst. Those actions hurt Gore's candidacy in 2000 and ALSO hurt Hillary's in 2016, in part because they mitigated the effect of tRump's sexual assaults.

BUT Monica was NOT merely a "starry-eyed intern." She had already had a five-year affair with one of her married high-school teachers before heading to DC. There were also reports from her contemporaries and colleagues that she had set her sights on Clinton once she became an intern.

Her mother seems to have had grand sexual aspirations, so Monica's own aspirations didn't just come out of nowhere.

Her biggest mistake was in trusting Linda Tripp. Even then, Monica only testified because she was forced to by RW GOPers.

I admire her for trying to hold out for as long as she could, given their intimidation tactics, which should have been deemed to be illegal. After all, the actions were consensual and she was over 21 at the time.

This should NEVER have been an impeachment issue, but for Clinton's lying about it. Even that should NOT have risen to the level of impeachment. But we're talking about GOPers, for whom no action by a Dem is off the table. The same or worse actions by GOPers, e.g., Newt himself and tRump, are practically qualifications for a GOPer.

But no, I do not consider her an admirable person. And I never will. But I wish her well nonetheless.

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #39)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 06:43 AM

41. Interesting info. Some I did not know. Okay blame ... 99% Bill 1% Monica

Yes, it's not fair that the GOP gets away with these things and famous Dems cannot.

But, it does not negate that this is a shame because Bill was so shameless!

It very much contributed to the GOP's rise after Gore.

As a married man who has had affairs, I can truly say this was due to profound lack of character on my part. I am much better now.

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