March 13, 2007

Hillary And Her Conspiracy Theory

Hillary Clinton has returned to her "vast right-wing conspiracy" theme, a development that will keep Beth blogging for at least another four years. She used her favorite bogeyman on the campaign trail this morning while speaking with municipal officials in New York City:

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton told Democrats Tuesday the "vast, right-wing conspiracy" is back, using a phrase she once coined to describe partisan criticism.

Speaking to Democratic municipal officials, the New York senator used the term to hammer Republicans on election irregularities. ...

On Tuesday, she asserted the conspiracy is alive and well, and cited as proof the Election Day 2002 case of phone jamming in New Hampshire, a case in which two Republican operatives pleaded guilty to criminal charges, and a third was convicted.

"To the New Hampshire Democratic party's credit, they sued and the trail led all the way to the
Republican National Committee," Clinton said.

"So if anybody tells you there is no vast right-wing conspiracy, tell them that New Hampshire has proven it in court," she said.

A Wisconsin court found more people guilty of slashing tires to block Republican votes in 2004, including the son of a Democratic politician. That doesn't necessarily relate to a "vast" conspiracy to target George Bush, although one could fairly state that both get their share of irrational hatred. However, instead of simply noting that some individuals commit crimes to further their politics, Hillary has to blow it into a huge national conspiracy with her and a few others as a target.

Well, I'm sure that will sell with the nuts in her party already inclined to believe in conspiracy theories. There was a time when honorable politicians refused to pander to that crowd, leaving them for Lyndon LaRouche and other fringe demagogues. Hillary may have a harder time selling it after she had her VRWC fantasies blow up in her face in the form of a stained blue dress, and an admission from her husband that he'd played her for a fool while she defended his honor on national television.

One might think that a candidate for national office would avoid recalling such an example of paranoia and gullibility. Apparently, Hillary's desperation has reached a level where she needs to tap into the neuroses of her base. If it keeps Beth plugging away for the next few years, though, it will be well worth it.


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