Bill Clinton Attacks Pro-Life Americans, Pushes "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 28, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Bill Clinton Attacks Pro-Life Americans, Pushes "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy"

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 28
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Former President Bill Clinton has returned to peddle the myth that pro-life Americans and others opposed to the aggressive pro-abortion agenda of a president are part of some "vast right-wing conspiracy" that supposedly lies about and unfairly attacks presidents with whom they disagree.

The language first cropped up during the Clinton presidency during the 1990s as a way to dismiss attacks on his record without addressing the substance of the opposition.

Now, in a new interview with NBC’s "Meet the Press," Clinton is again promoting what many observers consider psychobabble.

Asked by host David Gregory if the "vast right-wing conspiracy" is still present, Clinton responded: "Oh, you bet. Sure it is. It’s not as strong as it was, because America’s changed demographically, but it’s as virulent as it was."

"I mean, they’re saying things about him [Obama] — you know, it’s like when they accused me of murder and all that stuff they did," Clinton said.

"It’s not really good for the Republicans and the country, what’s going on now," Clinton added. "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."

He said the country needs "a credible debate about what’s the best way to get to universal [health care] coverage."

Clinton also scoffed at the notion that Obama has turned off so many Americans with his record that the 2010 midterm elections will be a boon for pro-life advocates, as several political experts have predicted.

"There’s no way" that could happen, Clinton said, adding that "the country is more diverse and more interested in positive action."

"Whatever happens, it’ll be manageable for our president," Clinton said.

Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political science professor frequently cited in the mainstream media for his election expertise, has predicted massive gains for the pro-life movement in the 2010 election cycle.

"It now appears that Republicans will make above-average gains in the U.S. House of at least 23 seats," he explains.

While there are pro-abortion Republicans and pro-life Democrats, most Republicans in Congress are pro-life and most Democrats back abortion. The Democrats who control both the House and Senate now strongly support abortion and have prevented votes on some pro-life amendments to limit abortion funding.

While pro-life advocates have little chance of re-capturing the Senate (though they will likely pick up a couple of seats), there is a small chance Republicans could retake the House if pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s numbers sink further, Sabato explains.

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