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Monday, September 28, 2009

Bill Clinton and Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Bill Clinton was on Meet the Press once again talking about a vast right wing conspiracy.

Oh, you bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was, because America has 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. … 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.

My first thought is that President Clinton took nearly eight years of attacks on him personally. I didn't even see the video and I could tell the residual anger in his words. That's neither surprising and it's something that I can understand. After all, the attacks on him got very personal and they were sustained for nearly eight years. Deserved or not, President Clinton clearly took all the attacks very personally.

It's also yet another example that in politics we only notice vicious attacks when they come from the other side. President Clinton wasn't out there analyzing the vast left wing conspiracy when they did worse to President Bush than they did to him for eight years. With most of the media, academia, and hollywood squarely in the left, it's hard to see to see how there's a vast right wing conspiracy. Yet, that's all that President Clinton sees.

Both sides do this of course. There's a small strand of conservatives that are still convinced that President Obama wasn't born in the U.S. Yet, many of those same folks were mocking liberals who trotted out one conspiracy theory after another about why the Iraq war was started. That's because we always notice bad behavior from the other side a lot more quickly than we do from our own and from ourselves.

If there is a vast right wing conspiracy, then the conspiracy on the left is enormous. Yet, Bill Clinton only notices the one on the right and that's because it's only the right that attacked him personally for nearly eight years.


Anonymous said...

Are you serious? The media ran with EVERY RW talking point out there, while deriding Bush critics and "shrill" and "unbalanced."

I mean, the media is STILL trying to get us to believe that Al Gore claimed he invented the internet!

mike volpe said...

Are you living in some sort of an alternate universe? What universe had the media running every right wing talking and deriding bush critics? Do you remember Joe Wilson, the other Joe Wilson. They turned that into major media story for months. Do you remember Richard Clarke? He became a media darling. What are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

Oh please. For every appearance Joe Wilson has made on television, there were two of Ann Coulter calling him "clown" Wilson.

For all your claims of "wall-to-wall" media coverage, Obama's got nothing on John McCain. He just made his 13th Sunday Morning talk show appearance since losing the election last weekend, or haven't you noticed?

mike volpe said...

Ann Coulter made a lot of appearances on television however she always makes a lot of appearances on television, The media made wilson into a star. I'm sure that McCain has also been on tv a lot, he likes being interviewed. Nothing wrong with that. That doesn't actually mean the media was pushing the conservative agenda, and frankly, all the evidence including scientific studies show that the msm at least is overwhelmingly biased to liberals.