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This is not what Team Hillary Clinton wanted. I am talking about Monica Lewinsky’s coming out party of sorts. Honestly, I can’t find fault for her penning a piece for “Vanity Fair” ‘splaining her side of the relationship she had with President Clinton. More power to her if as she says wants to “take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past.” She is now 40 and it looks like she wants to take control of her situation. She wanted a gig in communications but she never got any offers and we all know why. It looks like she’s coming back on stage and wants it to be on her terms. I really don’t have a problem with that. Here is the Vanity Fair piece on Lewinsky’s coming out party and stay tuned for sure:

Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair for the first time about her affair with President Clinton: “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” She also says: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

After 10 years of virtual silence (“So silent, in fact,” she writes, “that the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth”), Lewinsky, 40, says it is time to stop “tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)”

The full story is available May 8 in the digital edition. Subscribe now. The magazine will be on national newsstands and available in an audio edition on May 13.

Clearing the Air

Maintaining that her affair with Clinton was one between two consenting adults, Lewinsky writes that it was the public humiliation she suffered in the wake of the scandal that permanently altered the direction of her life: “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

Job Hunting

After the scandal, writes Lewinsky, “I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.” After moving between London (where she got her master’s degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics), Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, Oregon, she interviewed for numerous jobs in communications and branding with an emphasis on charity campaigns, but, “because of what potential employers so tactfully referred to as my ‘history,’” she writes, “I was never ‘quite right’ for the position. In some cases, I was right for all the wrong reasons, as in ‘Of course, your job would require you to attend our events.’ And, of course, these would be events at which press would be in attendance.”

Correcting the Record

Lewinsky writes that she is still recognized every day, and her name shows up daily in press clips and pop-culture references. She admits that she used to refer to Maureen Dowd as “Moremean Dowdy,” but “today, I’d meet her for a drink.” And she requests one correction of Beyoncé, regarding the lyrics to her recent hit “Partition”: “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’”

Lewinsky responds to reports made public in February that Hillary Clinton, during the 1990s, had characterized her as a “narcissistic loony toon” in correspondence with close friend Diane Blair. “My first thought,” Lewinsky writes, “as I was getting up to speed: If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky. Mrs. Clinton, I read, had supposedly confided to Blair that, in part, she blamed herself for her husband’s affair (by being emotionally neglectful) and seemed to forgive him. Although she regarded Bill as having engaged in ‘gross inappropriate behavior,’ the affair was, nonetheless, ‘consensual (was not a power relationship).’”

Why She’s Going Public

When Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers freshman who was secretly streamed via Webcam kissing another man, committed suicide in September 2010, Lewinsky writes, she was brought to tears, but her mother was especially distraught: “She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn’t let me out of her sight. She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life—a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death.” Lewinsky clarifies that she has never actually attempted suicide, but had strong suicidal temptations several times during the investigations and during one or two periods after.

Lewinsky writes that following Clementi’s tragedy “my own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?” She also says that, when news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but, “thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Her current goal, she says, “is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”

I’m thinking that Team Hillary Clinton would rather have to deal with Benghazi than with Monica Lewinsky. Here is a bit from Salon:

The newly-minted freelance writer has a sharp sense of wit about “what happened,” though. She tells Beyoncé, whose recent single “Partition” refers to a beau who “Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown” (a crude reference to biological evidence on the famous blue dress) that “I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown.”

I am sure Team Hillary Clinton wished that Monica Lewinsky would never utter a peep in public. Well, that’s not going to happen. It will be interesting to check out the full piece tomorrow when it comes out. She’s back! And it looks like she is going to do it her way.

In MLB, the numero 49 has been retired by two clubs. Name the players?

Remember when Neil Sedaka wrote “they say that breaking up is hard to do.” If he wrote those words today he would be talking about Hunker Down and the Astrodome. Here is from a Chron story today:

Harris County officials and other stakeholders – including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the NFL’s Houston Texans – will convene next week for what County Judge Ed Emmett described Tuesday as a “family chat” about where things stand with the empty Astrodome and what should be done next in determining the fate of the iconic, but deteriorating structure.

And:

In a statement, Rodeo officials said they remain eager to find an “acceptable resolution to a closed and rotting building that sits at the center of their operations.”

And:

Emmett said Tuesday that renovation still is the goal, and potentially before the Super Bowl comes to NRG Stadium in 2017.

I guess the vote last November on the Dome has been erased from the County’s memory. Why did they even put it on the ballot? We’ve had nearly 15 years to repurpose the Dome and we’ve come up with zilch – nada.

Our own Larry Dierker and Ron Guidry of the Yankees of course had their numero 49 retired.

I wonder what the owner, GM, and Skipper are saying about our bullpen. It is not working at all. We’re on a pace to lose 113.

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