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Friday, July 15, 2005

SHE KNOWS IT WHEN SHE SEES IT: She being Hillary and it being sex. Here's the lead sentence of a Reuters story: "Sen. Hillary Clinton pressed Thursday for a government investigation into how simulated sex cropped up in a modified version of the blockbuster criminal adventure video game 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.'" "We should all be deeply disturbed that a game which now permits the simulation of lewd sexual acts in an interactive format with highly realistic graphics has fallen into the hands of young people across the country," Clinton wrote in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission. I'm racking my mind to remember why the phrase "simulation of lewd sexual acts in an interactive format" seems so familiar. Oh, right: the cigar, the Oval Office, the intern, the former president. Hillary didn't mind that — heck, she didn't have the slightest idea any of it was going on, heavens no! "Not knowing" proved to be politically useful — always easier to run for an open Senate seat as a virtuous woman whose husband acted disrespectfully. Oh, but listen to my early morning cynicism. I salute our former first lady for standing up against video games that young kids have no business seeing. Even so, notice Hillary's first impulse: If you don't like something, use federal legislation to make it illegal.