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Right-wing Hillary Clinton whispers begin

It was back on Jan. 27, 1998, when Hillary Clinton first used the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” to describe the attacks on her husband.

She was appearing with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today,” the day after Bill Clinton had publicly stated: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

For Hillary, the Monica Lewinsky story was the last straw in what she firmly believed was a conservative conspiracy to get her husband. And Hillary stuck to that belief even after she learned the truth about Bill and Monica.

After all, one or both of the Clintons had been accused of all sorts of ugly things over the preceding years: Whitewater; being involved in the death of Vince Foster; controversial cattle futures trading; international drug smuggling through Mena, Ark., etc.

If you are not familiar with the lurid particulars of the past claims against the Clintons, just wait. As 2016 draws closer, the right wing will provide a refresher course for you.