President Clinton was recently asked whether the “vast right wing conspiracy” that allegedly plagued his administration is still around or not. His view is that it is not as strong as it was, but is still virulent. Naturally, one might wonder whether there is such a vast conspiracy or not.
People do love conspiracy theories of this sort. The left has this “vast right wing conspiracy” while the right has its own favorite: the liberal media conspiracy. Such theories are very appealing to folks. First, it is appealing to the ego to think that your are so important that a vast conspiracy has risen up against you (or your cause). Second, it provides a useful scapegoat in case of failure (“it wasn’t me, it was the vast conspiracy”). Third, conspiracy implies secrecy, so it is a difficult thing to disprove.
Fortunately, the application of a little reason can help sort out the matter.
First of all, the conspiracy cannot be all that vast. After all, if it were truly vast, then Obama would not be in office. Of course, it could still be fairly large (just not large enough to stop Obama or the Democrats).
Second, most right wingers seem to be very open about their dislike. If they are conspiring, they don’t seem to get the idea that a conspiracy is supposed to be secret.
Third, the idea that the conspiracy is vast certainly implies that it is a unified movement. However, the right wing does not seem to be unified to the degree required for it to count as a vast conspiracy. Sure, there are folks that are right wing and are up to various sneaky things, but I would not consider this a vast conspiracy. If the right were so well organized and unified that it could maintain a vast and secret conspiracy, it seems unlikely that the Democrats would stand a chance against it.
Does this mean that there are not well organized right leaning groups that act in secrecy against the Democrats? No, not at all. Clearly there are such groups. Just as there are left leaning groups that act in secrecy against the Republicans. However, there seems to be no vast conspiracy on either side. Or perhaps they are so good at conspiracy, that they have been able to hide their vastness and amazing abilities behind the illusion of smallness and fallibility.
Not only is the right-wing disorganized, it’s now mainly comprised of a bunch of wimpy pushovers. The Left could only hope that kind of ineptitude by one’s enemies were so vast…
If Clinton means conspiracy in the sense that there are a lot of people working together to try to make sure Obama won’t win the next election, I think he’s right. But I think, in the end, only Obama’s successes or failures will determine his number of terms.
I hope Bill runs again. He’s got my vote. Really. He was part of the vast Moderate conspiracy.
T. J. Babson says
Bill C. was not only good on policy, but he provided wonderful entertainment for the masses…
“After all, if it were truly vast, then Obama would not be in office.”
Obama getting into office is merely part of the conspiracy –which makes the conspiracy even vaster, no?. His conception, watched over with leering intensity by sweaty conservative overlords, was the first seed–so to speak–of the plan. Millions upon millions of conspirators were required to pull off the birth certificate conspiracy, starting with the newspaper birth announcement in 1961. Money was/is no object. An authentic moral compass is not a factor.
Believe me. We’re pummeling them with body shots and uppercuts, but they’ve got us right where they want us. This will all lead, according to plan to a permanent Republican takeover of the country supported by a population that has been rendered senseless by the punch-drunk logic of Glenn Beck. The whole nefarious plan is so complex we’ll never see it coming, even though we’ve been told all along by the Clintons that it is in fact ongoing. . .
Michael LaBossiere says
Now that is a true conspiracy. One can only imagine the minds behind the inevitable achievement of an eternal right wing victory. Or is it but one mind…the mind of God? 😉
Or the conspiring minds of the all-knowing Gods? Or the mind of the Master Puppeteer who manipulates the strings of the all-knowing Gods. . .
T. J. Babson says
The Republicans will be lucky if they are able to field a credible candidate in 2012.
In a nation of 300 million, are those guys in D.C. really the best that we can do…?
Michael LaBossiere says
Rumor has it that the 2012 ticket will be Magnus71 and Kernunos.
Sandwich Sarah Palin in there, and I’ll vote straight Republican ticket.
Now you are talking. Magus for Pres, Palin for Vice Pres and I’ll be the Horsepower Czar.
And Sarah ends up right where I visualized her– in the middle (I mean the middle of your list, of course). . .
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