B. CLINTON ON THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE…. Former President Clinton was on “Meet the Press” this morning, and David Gregory asked about the “vast, right-wing conspiracy” and whether it still exists, pursuing President Obama.

“Oh, you bet. Sure it is,” Clinton said. “It’s not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.”

He added, “You know, it’s like when they accused me of murder, and all that stuff they did. But it’s not really good for the Republicans and the country, what’s going on now. 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. Their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail. And that’s not a prescription for a good America.”

Sounds right to me. The “VRWC” talk was, to my mind, mocked unnecessarily. The phrase, when Hillary Clinton used it, always struck me as unambiguously true — there was a network of conservative Republicans that invested time, energy, and resources into destroying the Clinton presidency. Similarly, there are scores of Republicans who wake up every morning with the same goal: undermining the Obama White House and its allies.

As for the midterm elections, Gregory asked Clinton whether he worries about a repeat of 1994. “There’s no way they can make it that bad — for several reasons,” the former president replied. “Number one, the country is more diverse and more interested in positive action. Number two, they’ve seen this movie before, because they had eight years under President Bush when the Republicans finally had the whole government, and they know the results were bad. And number three, the Democrats haven’t taken on the gun lobby like I did, and they took 15 of our members out…. [W]hatever happens, it’ll be manageable for the president.”

Steve Benen

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