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The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of the Democrats’ Fight to Reclaim Power

Author: Byron York
• 2006 • 304 pages

Despite their failure in 2004, liberals have built the biggest, most effective political machine in American history — and they’re working hard now to make it even stronger. But they’re no longer able to do it under cover of darkness: in “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,” veteran National Review investigative reporter Byron York tears the cover off this well-oiled machine, exposing its innermost workings and showing how it is continuing to transform American politics — and how patriotic Americans must fight back.

York explores the deep anger on the left: anger at President Bush, at the war in Iraq, at what they call, with laughable sincerity, the “right-wing media,” and more. More ominously, he details how they have harnessed that anger to build a powerful political movement — one that conservatives would be foolish to underestimate, despite victories in 2000 and 2004. Indeed, York demonstrates here that the left’s failure to oust Bush in 2004 has only obscured the stunning effectiveness of their machine. He documents the staggering scope of liberal efforts: record sums of money spent, “shell game” financial maneuvers, close coordination between “nonpartisan” groups and the Democratic Party, revolutionary approaches to fundraising and reaching out to voters, and pioneering use of movies and websites as campaign tools.

There’s much more. “The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy” even provides a startling behind-the-scenes look at the power meetings that forged this imposing movement. York offers startling, intimate accounts of secret powwows at the notoriously dotty leftist billionaire George Soros’s Hamptons estate, at the Chinese restaurant where MoveOn was born, and at a gala event where Al Franken ranted about the evils of the right wing (shouting, “We have to fight back,” apparently without noting that the left still controls much of the government bureaucracy and mainstream media). York raises the curtain on fundraisers where liberals openly mocked election laws they themselves had advocated, and takes you to the movie premiere where the infamous filmmaker Michael Moore was feted by top-ranking Democrats — as well as to a clandestine meeting in a Washington restaurant where Democratic operatives hatched their plans to regain control of the Executive and Legislative branches of government.

Through it all, York demonstrates that the left is by no means down and out. “The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy” reveals the full scope of their efforts, making it a godsend for conservatives who need to begin now to prepare an effective counterattack.

“The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy” reveals:

  • How Democrats wooed George Soros by showing him a top-secret Republican plan — the work of top Bush political advisor Karl Rove — that had been obtained under suspicious circumstances by party activists
  • Never-before-published evidence that filmmaker Michael Moore’s claims about the political impact of Fahrenheit 9/11 (claims breathlessly repeated by the media) had absolutely no basis in fact
  • The relative strength of Red America and Blue America: an illuminating comparison between the performances of The Passion of the Christ and Fahrenheit 9/11
  • Proven false: Moore’s claims that the White House broke the post-9/11 no-fly rule in order to allow Osama bin Laden’s relatives to leave the U.S. — and other Moore claims that have been given wide currency by the liberal media
  • How the Left created a network of “527” organizations to raise hundreds of millions of dollars — and evade election laws that Democrats had fought to pass
  • Al Franken: hypersensitive to criticism, sloppy with facts — and desperate to bring down George W. Bush
  • How far-left groups like MoveOn thrust themselves into the Democratic mainstream, encountering little resistance along the way
  • The Bush-Nazi conspiracy theories embraced by a key figure at liberal Air America Radio
  • How a new and well-known “nonpartisan think tank” was actually a well-funded Democratic campaign war room
  • The untold story of how one man pushed into the mainstream an idea once confined to the farthest fringes of the Left: that George W. Bush is plotting to impose a Christian theocracy on America
  • The real reasons why the Left failed to win in 2004, despite all their extraordinary efforts

“Shines a brilliant light into the very heart of liberal darkness”

“For years Byron York has reported on the clashes between Right and Left, red and blue states, regular people and the elites — always in an illuminating, entertaining, and compelling manner. Now he methodically and masterfully exposes the inner workings of the left-wing cabal that has taken over the Democratic Party. Three politically incorrect cheers for York!” —Laura Ingraham, radio talk show host, author, Shut Up and Sing

“Byron York shines a brilliant light into the very heart of liberal darkness. An essential guide to how the Far Left tried to take power in 2004 — and how it hopes to succeed in 2008.” —David Frum, author, The Right Man

“Byron York is one of the best reporters in America today. His calm, intelligent questions to the Al Frankens and John Podestas of this world puncture leftist pretensions like a pin in a balloon. The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy punctures even such Hindenburgs as Michael Moore and George Soros. York takes his place with Tom Wolfe as a chronicler of the Left’s folly.” —Mona Charen, author, Useful Idiots and Do-Gooders

“With this book, Byron York becomes the foremost chronicler, and most informed critic, of the anti-Bush Left. It’s an indispensable guide to a ferocious, and sometimes frightening, new force in our politics.” —Rich Lowry, editor, National Review, and author, “Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years”

“Byron York, a reporter’s reporter, has given us the definitive account of the workings of the liberal-left activist groups in the 2004 election and how, despite their insularity, their sanctimony, and their failures, they transformed American politics.” — John Corry, former New York Times media critic

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