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Bill Clinton on the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, Redux

Former president Bill Clinton on Sunday told NBC's David Gregory that the vast right-wing conspiracy famously described by his wife was still there. Above and below, the video and transcript from "Meet the Press":

MR. GREGORY: Your wife famously talked about the vast right wing conspiracy targeting you. As you look at this opposition on the right to President Obama, is it still there?

PRES. CLINTON: Oh, you bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was, because America's changed demographically, but it's as virulent as it was. I mean, they're saying things about him--you know, it's like when they accused me of murder and all that stuff they did. He--but it's not really good for the Republicans and the country, what's going on now. I mean, they may be hurting President Obama. They can take his numbers down, they can run his opposition up. But fundamentally, he and his team have a positive agenda for America. Their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail, and that's not a prescription for a good America. We actually need a credible debate about what's the right balance between continuing to expand the economy through stimulus and beginning to move back to fiscal balance. We need a credible debate about what's the best way to get to universal coverage.

Now, the one Republican who's come up with a good idea is Senator Snowe. She deserves a lot of credit for saying when we did this Medicare prescription drug bill, instead of giving the government the power to negotiate for lower prices we gave the drug companies a chance to offer them, but we held the power in reserve. And if there was any state in America where there was no competition, you could do it. So let's do that for health care. That's a good idea. That's, that's the kind of debate the country needs, and I hope that the Republicans will come forward with it. These...

MR. GREGORY: But do you worry about a repeat of '94 politically?

PRES. CLINTON: It, it--there's no way they can make it that bad, for several reasons. Number one, the country is more diverse and more interested in positive action. Number two, they've seen this movie before, because they had eight years under President Bush when the Republicans finally had the whole government, and they know the results were bad. And number three, the Democrats haven't taken on the gun lobby like I did, and they took 15 out of our members out. So I don't think it'll be--whatever happens, it'll be manageable for the president.

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There definitely IS a vast right-wing conspiracy, as long as you don't need explicit planning among the conspirators. The Republicans are doing exactly the same nonsense to Obama that they did to Clinton. W's presidency was basically one long criminal conspiracy and the press were as servile as they could get away with given his burgeoning unpopularity. They would complain that they couldn't get too rough or they wouldn't get "access" when that never bothered them with Clinton.

Posted by: elissann | September 29, 2009 1:40 PM

Haven't the Clintons made a show about accepting awards from the biggest members of the 'vast right wing conspiracy'?

I mean, this vrwc has been after them since they were in AR, it's pushing 20-25 years now. Aren't most of those people dead by now?

Posted by: citizenchick | September 29, 2009 12:09 PM

The Great Left Wing Smear Machine
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31396
And it's for real, and openly brags about it's effectiveness.

Clinton should remember that the left-wing smear machine called him a racist and brought down his wife's candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
But that wouldn't be "on message."

Posted by: parkbench | September 29, 2009 12:08 PM

I can't believe the Clinton's are still talking about the 'vsat right wing conspiracy.' What about the really 'vast left wing conspiracy?' All the while Mr. Bush was in office the main stream meadia was calling him every name in the book (with no reason to do so) and fellow congressmen were doing the same. Let's compare apples and apples here. They only whine when the shoe is on the other foot. Clinton is a has-been and if he is the best MSNBC can come up with they are really reaching!

Posted by: nancycrichton | September 29, 2009 11:58 AM

WE REALLY NEED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.
WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A VERY LARGE COUNTRY THAT IS UNITED. NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS AS MUCH LAND AS WE DO UNDER ONE GOVERNMENT EXCEPT MAYBE AUSTRALIA AND GREENLAND.
WE ARE MANY NATIONALITIES AND MANY CULTURES UNDER ONE FLAG. MANY AMERICANS HAVE NEVER TRAVELED MORE THAN 100 MILES FROM THEIR HOMES. MUCH OF THE COUNTRY IS FOREIGN TO THEM.
THIS VAST EXPANSE OF LAND AND DIFFERENT CULTURES AND THE ABSENSE OF EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES MAKES IT EASY FOR SOME AREAS OF OUR COUNTRY TO BE EXPLOITED BY PEOPLE WHO CREATE FEAR IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUE.
IF THE PEOPLE IN RURAL AMERICA WOULD BECOME AWARE THAT THEY ARE BEING USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING THE RICH RICHER WHILE THEY HAVE NO JOBS, HEALTH CARE OR EDUCATION, THE RIGHT WING AND LEFT WING CONSPIRACIES WOULD END.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. IT'S ABOUT REGULATING THE POOR. ASK RUSH AND PALS HOW MUCH THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE FOOD BASKETS IN MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA AND SOUTH CAROLINA? NOTHING. THEY ARE MULTIMILLIONNAIRES SO ARE THE SENATORS WHO DON'T MAKE YOUR LIVES BETTER. THIS CONSPIRACY MAKES US BLAME THOSE WHO ARE IN THE SAME BOAT AS WE ARE. AT THE RATE WE ARE GOING, THE BOAT IS GOING TO SINK. ALL OUR INSTIGATORS ARE MOVING OFF SHORE, NO MONEY, NO JOBS AND NOTHING FOR THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS.
AND WE LET IT HAPPEN.

Posted by: sm98yth | September 29, 2009 11:24 AM

Hey Slick Willy:

Turn around to look behind you - realize that it is the Vast LEFT Wing Conspiracy which succeeded in neutering both you and Hillary!

You’ve been corralled and occasionally put out to pasture!

Posted by: Davole | September 29, 2009 10:18 AM

Two words: Rove, Murdoch

Posted by: Citizen0 | September 29, 2009 10:09 AM

Somethings never change: From Clinton's "vast right wing conspiracy" to Obama's "you must be racist if you do not agree with me".

Maybe one day liberals will grow-up and finally learn how to refute facts instead of name-calling.

Posted by: jphill222 | September 29, 2009 8:09 AM

Hey, Scrivener50,

Instead of posting lunatic links why do you not just articulate your own point/opinion? Be an American first and give up this idiotic partisanship!

Posted by: Truthsayer221 | September 28, 2009 11:53 PM

BILL CLINTON IS RIGHT.

AN AMERICAN GESTAPO IS SUBVERTING DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW AT THE GRASSROOTS...

....WHILE NAIVE DEMS ENABLE BUSH-CHENEY SPAWNED EXTRAJUDICIAL ABUSES THAT CONTINUE TO VIOLATE THE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF UNJUSTLY TARGETED AMERICANS.


Read the story mainstream media can't or won't report.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 28, 2009 9:08 PM

Let us know if you find it was the same "right wing conspiritors" that Hitlery identified in that attempted phony Lewinsky BJ smear. Oh wait, that one turned out to be true.

So much for learning your lesson the first time around HillBilly.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 28, 2009 5:32 PM

The DemocRATS are a bunch of complainers that can't debate the issues, so they blame a conspiracy or racism. FACE the FACTS, US CITIZENS do not want the Federal Government taking away our rights, taking away individual responsibility, and individual accountability. US Citizens DO NOT want a Welfare State and more Government entitlements that go to the lazy, clueless, deadbeats in this society. The DemocRATS are bankrupting the country and blaming "conspiracy".

Posted by: usausa2 | September 28, 2009 4:13 PM

It's not so much a conspircay as a well funded and organized noise machine.

Posted by: JANSELME | September 28, 2009 2:35 PM
===========================================Sort of like George Soros and ACORN?

Posted by: AkCoyote | September 28, 2009 3:41 PM

"It's not so much a conspircay as a well funded and organized noise machine. 'Grass roots' organizations (funded by large corporations, rich individulas, etc) start whispering campaigns, put it on the internet, then bloggers like Drudge and FOX News amplify it further, then the mainstream Republicans 'nebulously' embrace it while distancing themselves at the same time to keep the dirty fingerprints off them aso they can claim they're being 'bipartisan' or whatever. It's all well choreographed and focus group tested, and dependent on no one doing their research"

Couldn't agree more. And I think it is relevant that although Obama's approval is WAY higher than Bush's; threats to his safety are up 400%. That is a HUGE increase, and i think it says something about the nature of at least part of the opposition movement.

Posted by: scottsville | September 28, 2009 3:29 PM

The only way to disagree with the Democratic liberal wing.. is through a conspiracy.. wake up HRC.. it was a vast left wing conspiracy that sealed your primary doom!!

How much longer will the POTUS put up with number 42's big mouth???

Posted by: newbeeboy | September 28, 2009 3:28 PM

When the Democrats fall out of favor, it always seems to be a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. What a bunch of Cry Babies, they are unable to connect the dots.

Posted by: pipian | September 28, 2009 3:07 PM

Funny how it’s a “conspiracy” when it is perceived to come from the right, but it is “free speech” when it comes from the left. I bemoan anyone worthy of being President who spews this divisive garbage!

Posted by: Truthsayer221 | September 28, 2009 2:49 PM

Amazing! The fact that a substantial number of American's can't stand, don't trust, the Clintons is so far fatched that it must be the result of some right wing conspiracy? Get real Bill! Isn't it just as likely that American's are simply fed up with what you and your liberal ilk are trying to feed us? Seriously, it's insulting and arrogant to suggest that "people who don't share your views', are part of some 'right wing conspiracy'. What's going on with the Obama administration is little more than a simple case of 'voters remorse', and something that the 2010 elections will certainly address.

Posted by: edweirdness | September 28, 2009 2:40 PM

It's not so much a conspircay as a well funded and organized noise machine. 'Grass roots' organizations (funded by large corporations, rich individulas, etc) start whispering campaigns, put it on the internet, then bloggers like Drudge and FOX News amplify it further, then the mainstream Republicans 'nebulously' embrace it while distancing themselves at the same time to keep the dirty fingerprints off them aso they can claim they're being 'bipartisan' or whatever. It's all well choreographed and focus group tested, and dependent on no one doing their research.

Posted by: JANSELME | September 28, 2009 2:35 PM

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