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10/02/2015 11:31 pm ET Updated Oct 02, 2016

Hillary: Vast or Half-Vast Right Wing Conspiracy?

On January 27, 1998, Hillary Clinton appeared on the Today show and stated, "The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president."

In the current presidential campaign, Hillary has been assailed by the right on three issues as Secretary of State: Benghazi, The Clinton Foundation, and her use of a private email server.

On July 7, 2015, Hillary asserted to CNN's Brianna Keilar that there has been a "barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the right"

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is running for Speaker of the House, a position that is third in line of succession to the Presidency. On Tuesday he added credibility to Hillary's conspiracy theory with the statement to Sean Hannity of Fox News:

What you are going see is a conservative speaker that takes a conservative congress that puts a strategy to fight and win. And Let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi Special Committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.

Hannity agreed and gave McCarthy credit for doing something good.

This does sound a bit like a vast right wing conspiracy. Or, at least, a half-vast one.

I seem to recall another member of Congress with the same last name as Representative Kevin McCarthy, who I assume was not a relative. Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) conducted the U.S. Senate "McCarthy Hearings" in 1954, an infamous anti-communist witch hunt. He certainly was the father of right-wing conspiracies. Here is a statement he made about Demorcrats on February 4, 1954:

The issue between Republicans and Democrats is clearly drawn. It has been deliberately drawn by those who have been in charge of twenty years of treason. Now the hard fact is--the hard fact is that those who wear the label--those who wear the label "Democrat" wear it with the stain of a historic betrayal.

On this date 62 years ago, October 2, 1953, Edward R. Murrow's television show "Person-To-Person" debuted on CBS. Murrow was one of the brave journalists who exposed Joe McCarthy's tactics and findings, and is widely credited with McCarthy's fall into disgrace. Here's Murrow's program from March 9, 1954, where he exposed the true anti-American conduct that became known as "McCarthyism."