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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Maureen Dowd, "From Love Nests to Desire Surveillance": Ask Bill and Hillary Clinton

What better way to distract the readership of The New York Times from the agony of Obamacare than with tales of lasciviousness and sexual misconduct!

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "From Love Nests to Desire Surveillance" (, Maureen Dowd dwells on the evolution of infidelity. After describing how Johnny Carson, who was himself unfaithful, discovered Joanne's infidelity, she quotes Joan Bakewell, who seems to think that smart phones spell the demise of cuckoldry and dereliction:

"Joan Bakewell, the 80-year-old former BBC presenter who had the seven-year 'Swinging Sixties' affair with [Harold] Pinter that inspired 'Betrayal,' wonders how people can secretly frolic anymore.       

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'Absolutely, you couldn’t do it today,' she added, flummoxed about how affairs work when you’re constantly pestered with cell calls and emails with 'spouses and partners asking: ‘Where are you?’ You know, it’s impossible. I don’t know how they manage it.'"

Joan Bakewell doesn't know how they manage it? Perhaps she would do well to speak with Bill and Hillary Clinton, who, by making successful use of a variant of "Don't ask, don't tell," seem to have it down to a science.

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