New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd accepted Monica Lewinsky’s request to have a drink with her in a column on Wednesday, but didn’t exactly set up a friendly conversation.
Dowd, who wrote extensively about the former White House intern during her time in the spotlight in 1998, mostly unloaded and dismissed Lewinsky, calling her out for “disingenuously and pretentiously” citing the suicide of bullied Rutgers student Tyler Clementi in 2010 as the reason to write a column for Vanity Fair in 2014.
“Monica is in danger of exploiting her own exploitation as she dishes about a couple whose erotic lives are of waning interest to the country,” Dowd sniped.
“Clearly, she was stung and wanted to have her say about the revelation in February that Hillary had told her friend Diane Blair, knowing it would be made public eventually, that Bill was at fault for the affair but deserved props for trying to ‘manage someone who was clearly a narcissistic loony toon,'” Dowd added.
Lewinsky revealed on Tuesday that she had called Dowd “Moremean Dowdy,” for her scathing columns about her during the Clinton scandal.
“As Hillary gave a campaign-style speech in Maryland Tuesday, warning that economic inequality could lead to ‘social collapse,’ That Woman [Lewinsky] started her own campaign,” Dowd wrote. “Keening about her own social collapse. It was like a Golden Oldie tour of a band you didn’t want to hear in the first place.”