While speaking to a group of municipal Democratic officials on Tuesday morning, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) said that the “vast, right wing conspiracy”, which she once claimed was out to get her and husband, is alive and well. As proof, she cited the 2002 Election Day phone jamming episode in New Hampshire. “To the New Hampshire Democratic party’s credit, they sued and the trail led all the way to the Republican National Committee. So if anybody tells you there is no vast right-wing conspiracy, tell them that New Hampshire has proven it in court,” she said.

The case in New Hampshire involved Democratic organizers phones being swamped by incoming hang up calls that tied up the lines and hindered the Party’s get out the vote effort on Election Day. The resulting investigation led to criminal charges being filed against three GOP operatives. Two of the individuals pled guilty, and a third was convicted.  “People think we’re paranoid when we talk about the vast right-wing conspiracy, but there is a real connection of these groups, the same names keep popping up,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party chairwoman Kathy Sullivan. “They are the most disgusting group of political thugs that I have ever seen.”

Mrs. Clinton revived her conspiracy claim in response to a question about a propose bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday. The bill would also criminalize sending fraudulent of misleading information to voters. She also said that government should do more to address the problem of long lines at some, mostly urban, polling places. “It just so happens that many of those places where people are waiting for hours are places where people of color are voting or young people are voting. That is un-American, and we’re going to end it,” Clinton said.

If Clinton is going to use the conspiracy charge to talk about dirty politics, and not a personal witch hunt, then I agree with the usage of the term in that context. Unfortunately for her though, most people already identify the right wing conspiracy phrase with her ramblings a decade ago that made her sound like a paranoid nutcase. It is a mystery to me why Election Day isn’t already a holiday. Perhaps we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the long lines discouraging people to vote if more folks had the day off. As far as the criminalization of sending misleading information to voters is concerned, these cases would be almost impossible to prove, so I don’t think a new law would change anybody’s behavior.

Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics

Jason can also be heard every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm (ET) as the host of The Political Universe Radio Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepoliticaluniverse
 

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