On Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Lynne Cheney floated a theory that guest host Laura Ingraham (subbing for Bill O’Reilly) found compelling. “That’s very interesting. I love the theory,” Ingraham said. “That makes — that actually makes perfect sense, and I’m really mad I didn’t think of it first.”

Just what was this terribly compelling supposition? Allow Cheney to put that in her own words. Addressing Monica Lewinsky’s much-talked-about essay in Vanity Fair regarding the consequences of her affair with President Clinton, Cheney went off: “I really wonder if this isn’t an effort on the Clintons’ part to get that story out of the way. Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didn’t want in Vanity Fair?”

Monica Lewinsky is penning an essay about her affair with former President Bill Clinton in a Vanity Fair exclusive. (Reuters)

This highly sane and well-substantiated allegation demanded a response from the highest levels of Vanity Fair. So the Erik Wemple Blog put the question to Beth Kseniak, the magazine’s executive director of public relations. Her response: “Seriously?”

The Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal captivated the nation's attention in 1998 and beyond. Here are the Clinton family's reactions to the scandal, through the years. (Pamela Kirkland/The Washington Post)