Hillary Clinton's all-but-inevitable presidential candidacy in 2016 and Monica Lewinsky's return to the spotlight have led to recurrence of the right's derangement disorder of the '90s.
Monica Lewinsky, whose name became a verb in the late 1990s, broke her silence on her affair with former president Bill Clinton. In a Vanity Fair exclusive Lewinsky wrote, "It's time to bury the beret and burn the blue dress."
Why now? Given the likelihood that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, perhaps Lewinsky wanted to beat the rush, and break her silence on her own terms.
That is, unless you ask Lynne Cheney. During an interview with Laura Ingraham, who guest-hosted "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night, the wife of former vice president Dick Cheney wondered if Hillary Clinton wasn't behind Lewinsky's essay.
That's amusing, considering that Lewinsky's essay was not exactly flattering to Hillary Clinton. But let's not forget that nobody but nobody can provoke fits of wingnut lunacy like Hillary Clinton can, by the mere fact of her existence. With Lewinsky making headlines again, and the Benghazi obsession going nowhere, right-wingers may not be able to help themselves.
But WaPo's Chris Cilliza writes that Republican will only end up hurting themselves. Sure, jumping on the Lewinsky affair might remind Americans of the more sordid aspects of the Clinton era. But the Clinton's survived with their political lives intact, but the political outcome was devastating for Republicans, as their tactics fired up the Democratic base, and alienated independent voters.
Not that any of this will stop them. The dramatic readings of "The Starr Report" should start any day now.
Here's the best of the worse in wingnuttia this week:
- In another interview, Cheney said President Obama "doesn't like America," because of his "academic background" as a constitutional law professor.
- If the return if "Clinton Derangement Syndrome" isn't enough, Republicans have a bad case of "Benghazi Flu" too.
- Republicans are getting help retaking the Senate, from a wealthy sex hypnotist who claims he can turn women into "sex machines."
- Fox News has discovered a new "enemy within": kids.
- North Carolina Senate candidate Tom Tillis said Republicans need to "divide and conquer" poor people.
- Glenn Beck said a random HuffPo blog post is evidence that we as a society are "just begging to be destroyed."
- Deficit hawk and former Sen. Alan Simpson has some sex advice for you.
- Irony alert: Pat Robertson lamented that "radicals on the right" had taken over the GOP.
- The crew on "Fox & Friends" wondered if female breadwinners are ruining men's lives.
- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), recently indicted on 20 counts of fraud, said he left the FBI on good terms, but the FBI is telling him "Stay out!"
- WorldNet Daily columnist Erik Rush wants Obama tried for treason for the Benghazi attack.
- After complaining that the U.S. Women's Museum will "indoctrinate" visitors into feminism, Rep. Michele Bachmann demanded to chair its board.
- Sarah Palin dissed Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy. At least Hillary's daughter got married before getting pregnant.