Hypocritical Hillary and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Hillary Clinton is in the news again for referring to the “vast right wing conspiracy.” While conspiracy might not be the word I would choose, we understand what she is referring to. Conservativism has turned into an authoritarian movement with a highly sophisticated propaganda machine which promotes an alternative reality to attack their opponents. It is often impossible to differentiate between those intentionally spreading lies and all the ditto heads who actually believe their propaganda. In terms of Clinton’s actual statement using this line, the use of voter suppression techniques by the right, including the phone jamming scheme in New Hampshire, have been well documented.

Hillary Clinton should know about the behavior of the right wing as well as anyone. What is distressing is that she attacks them when politically expedient, but also repeats their attack lines when politically expedient. When John Kerry was under attack by the right wing noise machine which twisted his joke about George Bush into an attack on the troops, Hillary went along with the right wingers and joined in on the attack on Kerry when she thought he might be an opponent for the nomination. Last month she played into right wing smears when she attacked opponents by saying, “Some people may be running who may tell you that we don’t face a real threat from terrorism.”

The way to fight the “vast right wing conspiracy” is to dispute their falsehoods every chance she gets. At very least she cannot try to use their dishonest smears to her political advantage. As long as she does this, she is just a tool of the “right wing conspiracy” that she is attacking.

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    mbk says:

    Nice analysis, Ron. I’m with you.

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    NoisyDem says:

    Exactly right. Hillary lost any chance she had of ever gaining my support when she sniffed that “What Senator Kerry said was inappropriate,” instead of calling out the Right on its lies about what he’d said. If she had had the strength of character to take a stand for the truth even when it would benefit one of her rivals for the nomination, I would consider her presidential material. She failed that test.

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    Nick says:

    Excellent analysis Ron. It’s just a matter of time before Hillary will be strongly attacked by the noise machine. Normally I would rush to defend any Democrat attacked by the noise machine-but in Hillary’s case she can, in the words of a New Yorker “go and cry in her coffee but don’t come bitchin’ to me” (Billy Joel, 1978)

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Nick,

    Yes, you would think that Hillary would realize that her strategy can backfire against her. I gave her points for outright going after the “vast rightwing conspiracy” during the Lewinsky scandal. Even though Bill Clinton did lie about not having sex with her and isn’t without blame, there is little doubt about the political aims of those launching the attacks and the tremendous amouont of hypocrisy on their side.

    Hillary should be well aware of the fact that they are going to continue to come after her, and playing into their games to fight potential primary opponents will only weaken her case when she is forced to constantly defend herself against them during a general election campaign.

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    cadmium says:

    “When John Kerry was under attack by the right wing noise machine which twisted his joke about George Bush into an attack on the troops, Hillary went along with the right wingers and joined in on the attack on Kerry when she thought he might be an opponent for the nomination. ”

    Well said Ron. Her team probably will try to make nice at some point. I wonder if they know how seriously we take her betrayal. I could even have forgiven it by now if she was in a seriously contested race where it would make a difference, but she was not. Her race was virtually uncontested. BTW — this makes me appreciate Jack Murtha and Howard Dean more for doing the right thing

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