Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says that the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that hounded him and nearly drove him from office has set its sights on Barack Obama. The former president was referring to the web of politicians, media personalities, various internet groups and grassroots conservative activists who have opposed the new president at every turn. Mr. Clinton, the last Democrat to hold the White House before Mr. Obama, reffered to the term first used by by Hillary Clinton in 1998, when she defended him during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that threatened to topple his presidency. She described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy” the forces led by special prosecutor Ken Starr, who spent millions of dollars and several years building a case against Mr. Clinton in connection with a failed land deal in Arkansas. The investigation ultimately led to Mr. Clinton’s impeachment and trial in the Senate over the Lewinsky affair. He was acquitted. Asked on NBC’s Meet the Press whetther there was still a right-wing conspiracy, Mr. Clinton replied: “You bet. Sure it is. It’s notas strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.” He said that the conspiracy has focused on Mr. Obama and, “there agenda seems to be wanting him to fall.” His remarks came after Jimmy Carter, another Democratic former president, said that racism motivates much of the animosity against Mr. Obama.