Bill Clinton has had a remarkably successful run since leaving office in 2000. He's more popular than ever among the American public, his Clinton Global Initiative is widely recognized as a force for good in the world, his wife is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and his daughter is having a child.
Most days, then, are very good ones for Bill Clinton. Today might be an exception, though — since Monica Lewinsky, his one-time mistress and the person who sparked impeachment proceedings against Clinton, has, finally, told her side of the story in a piece for Vanity Fair. “I am determined to have a different ending to my story," Lewinsky told Vanity Fair. "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.”
While the re-emergence of Lewinsky brings back bad memories for the Clinton family even as they try to focus on the future, it's hard to see this tell-all changing how Bill or Hillary Clinton is perceived going forward. There is no story that has been litigated then re-litigated then re-re-litigated more than this one. Fix friend — and LA Times political scribe — Mark Z. Barabak got it right when he wrote:
Just don't take seriously any analyses that purport to weigh the political significance of Lewinsky’s emergence and how it may affect Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision on pursuing a 2016 presidential run. Everything in the world of politics these days — Clinton’s speaking schedule, the pregnancy of her daughter, Chelsea, tidal shifts, unusual solar activity — is measured against the prospects of a Clinton candidacy and what it may, or may not, portend.
The short answer is: Nothing. Or at least nothing that anyone outside a very tightly knit, very closed-lip inner circle is aware of. It’s like that chestnut — hoary but true — that gets trotted out every four years when the political press corps works itself into similar fits trying to divine a presidential nominee’s pick for vice president: Those who know aren't talking, and those who talk don't know.
What he said.