Rich Galen

  • Because of a speech Senator Lieberman made on September 3, 1998 - a few weeks after Bill Clinton went on national television and admitted he had been lying about the whole Monica Lewinski affair.

  • In that long speech, in paragraph after paragraph, Lieberman excoriated Clinton.
    [T]he President apparently had extramarital relations with an employee half his age, and did so in the workplace, in vicinity of the Oval Office. Such behavior is not just inappropriate. It is immoral. And it is harmful, for it sends a message of what is acceptable behavior … particularly to our children.

  • In Clinton's speech, which was delivered just hours after he had testified to the grand jury, he had said, "I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife."

  • Lieberman, and many others, were not only misled, they had been urged to support the President in his protestations of innocence which had begun the previous January when he went on television to say, "Listen to me. I'm going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

  • The genesis of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" theory as propounded by Hillary Clinton occurred in January when she had appeared on the Today Show proclaiming her husband's innocence.

  • Seven months later, when he had to fess up because he didn't want to be accused of lying to yet another grand jury, the Clintons were looking for friends.

  • They did not find one in Joe Lieberman.

  • Hillary Clinton returned the favor last week.

  • "Revenge," as Pierre Ambroise Francois Choderios de LaClos wrote in his 1782 book Les Liasons Dangereuses, "is a dish best eaten cold."

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring Page today: Lots o' links to Clinton's speech, Lieberman's speech, a look at the Connecticut Senate race, Hillary's Today show appearance, and the Washington Post's roundup the night of Clinton's confession. Also a nice Mullfoto, and an amusing Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at