The American Enterprise

The empire strikes back.(National Review White House correspondent Byron York, political campaining in United States )(Interview)

In Campaign 2004, liberal activists mobilized to an unprecedented degree, creating brand-new behemoth political action organizations and injecting more money into liberal candidacies and causes than had ever been spent before in any election. These developments are analyzed in a readable new book by National Review White House correspondent Byron York titled The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring Down a President--and Why They'll Try Even Harder Next Time. TAE's Karlyn Bowman recently sat down with York. Following are excerpts from their conversation.

TAE: When she was First Lady, Hillary Clinton complained of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" out to get her and her husband. What is the "vast left-wing conspiracy" you refer to in your book?

YORK: The book is about organizations and people like Michael Moore,, George Soros, and America Coming Together--groups and individuals who came together quite self-consciously, and, in a coordinated way, to create a new political movement aimed at defeating George Bush. They became a Democratic party outside the real Democratic party. They are now continuing to campaign by other means.

TAE: What motivated them?

YORK: Several things. …

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