Most recently, it’s Hillary Clinton’s assertion that the so-called vast right-wing conspiracy is back. From James Taranto’s unmissable “Best of the Web Today,” in yesterday’s OpinionJournal.com:
But it’s worth remembering the context in which Mrs. Clinton first introduced the notion of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” The AP says only that “she famously charged allegations of an affair between her then-president husband Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky were the result of a conservative conspiracy.” But here’s an excerpt of her comment, on the Jan. 27, 1998, “Today” show:
“We [the Clintons] know everything there is to know about each other, and we understand and accept and love each other. And I just think that a lot of this is deliberately designed to sensationalize charges against my husband, because everything else they’ve tried has failed. And I also believe that it’s part of an effort, very frankly, to undo the results of two elections. . . .
“But I do believe that this is a battle. I mean, look at the very people who are involved in this. They have popped up in other settings.
“This is--the great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it--is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president. A few journalists have kind of caught on to it and explained it. But it has not yet been fully revealed to the American public. And actually, you know, in a bizarre sort of way, this may do it.
“Now, I have to say, I don’t know what it is about my husband that generates such hostility, but I have seen it for 25 years.
“Well, I think that--if all that were proven true, I think that would be a very serious offense. That is not going to be proven true.”
Of course, “all that” was proved true. It’s bad enough that Mrs. Clinton never apologized for her paranoid accusations back in ‘98, but for her to reprise the theme--while at the same time declaring the subject of her “marriage” to be off-limits--shows an unmitigated gall.
--“Best of the Web Today,” OpinionJournal.com, March 13, 2007
Indeed. As history has shown, the real “conspiracy” was not among the right wing, but in the West Wing and Family Quarters of the White House: Bill Clinton’s conspiracy – aided and abetted by the abused Betty Currie and a phalanx of lawyers – to keep his extra-curricular sex life hidden from Hillary, and Paula Jones’ lawyers. When it became clear that Hillary had lied to defend her husband, she parlayed the public’s sympathy over Bill’s betrayals into a senate seat.
If anyone were to ask what offends and frightens me so much about Hillary Clinton, I would respond that it’s because I believe she is willing to do everything Stalin did, just short of the mass murdering (coincidentally, the recent Scooter Libby prosecution certainly had the stench of a show trial).
Perhaps that is too extreme an indictment of her. But, given the level of audacity of which she has been proven capable, perhaps not.
Neither is the New York Post having any of Hillary’s tendentious bulls*** (but then, they never did).
The Wall Street Journal also has an editorial today on the Clintons’ record on the wholesale sacking of U.S.Attorneys.