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Claim: Monica Lewinsky said the Democrats "left a bad taste in her mouth."
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: This anecdote about Monica Lewinsky's registering as a Republican because the Democrats left a bad taste in her mouth is just a joke, meant to provoke a guffaw over what is supposed to be an ill-conceived remark which can be taken two ways. Her escapades in the Oval Office have fated her to be forever the butt of jokes about fellatio, and this specious quote is just another instance of the phenomenon.
This fabricated bon mot surfaced in 1998, back when Monica was still trying to retain some shred of dignity and protect President Clinton by maintaining she "never had a sexual relationship with the president," an extremely unlikely time for her to have been spouting off against Democrats. Moreover, despite the media feeding frenzy that accompanied the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, this "quote" didn't appear in a single news report of the time. Had Monica Lewinsky uttered such a thing, it would have been splashed about in newspapers across the nation and would have provided endless fodder for the talk radio hosts and morning DJs, not to mention Jay Leno's nightly monologue.
The resurgence of this joke in
Yet another part of the reason behind this quote's appearance in
This is not the first time Presidential mistress Monica Lewinsky has had an apocryphal (fellative) quote attributed to her. In 2000, the rumor of the moment was a comment she'd supposedly made during a CNN interview with Larry King about her becoming a Jenny Craig spokesperson: "I've learned not to put things in my mouth that are bad for me."
Barbara "too bad others haven't learned not to put words into hers" Mikkelson
Update: In October 2004, a reader forwarded us the following image, purportedly of a "roadside billboard seen in California":
Last updated: 14 October 2004
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