On Sunday's Meet the Press, Bill Clinton told David Gregory that the infamous right-wing conspiracy that dogged him (and his wife) during his time in the White House is now after President Obama. "It's not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it's as virulent as it was," Clinton said. Are Clinton's words the Carter-esque bloviations of a has-been, or the wise words of a man rehearsed in the rigors of right-wing hatred? 5 takeaways from Clinton's updated theory of the vast right-wing conspiracy:
1. Actually, There is a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, Steve Benen writes at The Washington Monthly.
Sounds right to me. The "VRWC" talk was, to my mind, mocked unnecessarily. The phrase, when Hillary Clinton used it, always struck me as unambiguously true -- there was a network of conservative Republicans that invested time, energy, and resources into destroying the Clinton presidency. Similarly, there are scores of Republicans who wake up every morning with the same goal: undermining the Obama White House and its allies.
2. Clinton is as Helpful as Jimmy Carter Was, Andrew Belonsky writes at Gawker. About as relevant, too. Belonsky says the GOP's desire to see Obama fail isn't a conspiracy, but a plain fact. He thinks Clinton's saying so will worsen Obama's situation.
If there's one man the ultra-right hate more than Obama, it's Bubba, and having him jump in the fray will simply embolden and further ostracize the President's critics. Plus, a sizable amount of Clinton's drama came from his, shall we say, encounters with Monica Lewinsky. Injecting that particular memory into the right's already petulant collective consciousness could create a sticky, stinky brew of fresh Obama hate.
3. Clinton is as Paranoid as Ever, Juli Weiner writes at Wonkette. "Bill Clinton will not rest until people are PROHIBITED to stop saying untrue things about the President. This is called “Fascism,” and one can only assume Clinton is disappointed he is not responsible for this zeitgeisty neologism as well."
4. "One Man's Conspiracy is Another Man's Patriotism," Kathryn Jean Lopez argues at The National Review.
5. 'Obama Faces Character Assassination from the GOP,' Joan Walsh warns at Salon. "I think that Clinton's attempt to remind the media that Obama is facing a tried and true GOP character assassination -- since they didn't have programs to counter Clinton's, or Obama's -- is very important."