“The Monica Lewinsky affair was the end of Clinton’s centrist idyll. Clinton was forced to appeal to the identity-politics clarisy ─ the public-sector militants, the African-American and feminist leaders and their academic, political, and media allies ─ who got to decide whether a particular action was racist or sexist, in order to preserve his presidency from the foolish Republican attempt to impeach him over the affair.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 186.
“…it was not lost on the public that if the president had been a Republican, Clinton’s actions in the Lewinsky affair would have been condemned as a classical abuse of male power. Liberal feminists’ efforts to exonerate Clinton only reinforced the public’s disdain for feminism in particular and liberal double standards more generally.”
“The game of double standards left Democrats in a vulnerable position when they were forced to confront Islamism after 9/11. For many liberal Democrats, the real enemy, after all, the only one for whom they felt wholehearted hostility [and still do, albeit more intensely], was across the aisle. Loyalty to party had become as intense, or more so, than loyalty to ideology or religion or nation in an earlier time.” ─The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 187.