Ruth Marcus at The Washington Post wonders if Monica Lewinsky’s article will help Hillary Clinton. “Monica Lewinsky may not have intended it this way, but she just did Hillary Clinton a big favor. She is the forgotten, tragic roadkill of the affair. Hillary Clinton, humiliated in her own way, emerged seemingly stronger. Having put cracks in the glass ceiling, she is poised to break it, should she choose, in 2016,” Marcus writes. “So the timing of Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair piece — as the political world awaits Hillary Clinton’s presidential determination, as Chelsea Clinton prepares to have the first grandchild — would seem not exactly fortuitous for the Clintons. Who wants to remember the stained blue dress and presidential phone sex and West Wing thong-flashing? If and when a Clinton presidential announcement comes, Lewinsky will be old news." Susan Heavey at Reuters tweets, “Another take on Monica Lewinsky’s speaking out, by @RuthMarcus”.
Ana Marie Cox at the Guardian on why John Boehner is the best choice for Speaker of the House. “Conservative Republicans are gunning for House Speaker John Boehner. The speaker's sense of self-preservation is well-honed enough that I believe he will likely escape the machinations of his compatriots. Unlike the rebellion that brewed under Newt Gingrich, the Tea Party froth comes from a distinct (if vocal) subculture within the party, rather than the GOP rank-and-file,” Cox writes. “But Boehner's most dangerous enemy is the man standing next to him at press conferences: Eric Cantor. It seems hard to believe that we could ever look back fondly on the past four years. But considering what we might expect from a the Tea Party Reign, the whole Boehner Era might take on a familiar sepia tone.”