It seems as if the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy has come out of the closet. The VRWC, a shadowy entity first discovered by Hillary Clinton in 1998, which apparently planned and executed her husband’s sexual peccadilloes, has emerged once again to bedevil her spouse. Now as before, the VRWC is faulted for his bad behavior; this time they caused him to throw a full-blown temper tantrum in front of the nation.
Leading the charge was Chris Wallace — a GOP partisan hack so foul, he was allowed to roam the newsrooms of NBC and ABC for decades — whose interview with Bill Clinton touched off the eruption. He asked the former president why he didn’t “do more to put bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business” when he was president. Given that President Bush has been harangued for this for his entire five years in office, it only seemed fair that Clinton answer this question.p>Not so, according to my colleagues on the other side of the political spectrum. They contend that Clinton was “sandbagged” by the question—a question that has not only been on the lips of everyone in D.C. for years, but spawned a seemingly permanent commission to investigate it. Yet, as in the case of E.J Dionne’s rollicking defense of Clinton’s outburst, the real culprit is finally revealed (emphasis mine): br> /p>
By choosing to intervene in the terror debate in a way that no one could miss, Clinton forced an argument about the past that had up to now been largely a one-sided propaganda war waged by the right. The conservative movement understands the political value of controlling the interpretation of history. Now its control is finally being contested.br> Now for a group to attempt to spread propaganda truly worthy of distorting history, one would assume its authors would need to control a majority of huge media outlets, have dominion over the educational system and be able to insinuate its ideas into the beliefs of the mainstream historical academy. The view that this is possible by the Bushies does in itself constitute a worthy attempt of this kind. p>Obviously unable in five, long years to find any criticism of the Bush Administration on any over-the-air networks and most cable ones, the majority of major newspapers, all public broadcast systems, on the floors of Congress, from many universities, and the lips of nearly every movie, TV and music personality, Mr. Dionne laments: br> /p>
But sober, moderate opinion was largely silent as the right wing slashed and distorted Clinton’s record on terrorism. It largely stood by as the Bush administration tried to intimidate its own critics into silence.br> If Mr. Dionne and friends constitute such sober and moderate opinion, this silence, if it actually existed, would have been truly golden. But next to flamethrowers like MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, they actually do seem moderate. Olbermann, in a screed outrageous even for him, referred to
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online