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Linda Tripp's Vindication

A Clinton scandal reaches its end.

Nov 17, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 10 • By JAY NORDLINGER
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I believe that Tripp was a patriot who, when she got a job in the White House in 1990, was thrilled to death. And when the Clintons and their people came in, she was sickened. She hated adultery, she hated lies, and she did what she thought necessary to protect herself. Throughout those Monica days, she was basically the only one who told the sorry truth, who never spun, and who never, ever, changed her story. Betty Currie, Vernon Jordan, Blumenthal, and the rest of the crew--including the president himself--"adjusted" with the daily circumstances. Not Tripp.

She is now reported to be battling cancer, and her prospects for future employment are uncertain. Interestingly, part of her deal with the Pentagon is that she be permitted to apply once more for federal jobs. For the moment, however, she can enjoy her measure of vindication. Years ago, one of her lawyers said, poignantly, "Despite Linda Tripp's unpopularity, the law should protect her." Yes.

Jay Nordlinger is managing editor of National Review.