What is the Significance of the Rabbi Giving Tonight’s Benediction?

The Democrats loudly cry Republicans fight a “war on women” while they run laudatory films of the only major politician to have killed a woman (Ted Kennedy) and have headline speakers who have both been accused of rape and settled sexual harassment suits (Bill Clinton). Adding insult to injury on women, tonight’s benediction at the Democrat National Convention will be given by David Wolpe of Los Angeles’ Sinai Temple. Why is that significant?

Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles’ Sinai Temple, where Monica Lewinsky and her family were congregation members for decades and where Lewinsky attended religious school, is scheduled to deliver the benediction at the Democratic National Convention tonight — not long after Bill Clinton speaks. Not only was Wolpe the Lewinsky family’s rabbi, he also sharply condemned President Clinton at the time his sexual relationship with Lewinsky, then a 24-year-old White House intern, was dominating national headlines.

“He was a brilliant, talented, extraordinary child, and for the leader of the United States we need an adult,” Rabbi Wolpe told his temple, according to a 1998 Associated Press account. He said Clinton needed to “cleanse his soul.” And other news reports from the time noted that Wolpe accused Clinton of hiding behind a “flinty legalistic apology,” for his romantic dalliances with the young intern.

President Clinton will deliver a much-anticipated speech on Wednesday to close out the convention’s second night.

In 2009, Wolpe wrote a commentary in the Washington Post reflecting on the episode, which resulted in Clinton’s impeachment but not his removal from office: “During the Lewinsky scandal, it was the lying and smearing of Monica Lewinsky that marked the low point of the event, not the sex, which was primarily an issue for the individuals and families involved.”

This is gonna get awwwwwwkwaaaaaaard.

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