Everyone knows that the first place you shop a right-wing-conspiracy hit piece on a major Democratic funder is the reliably reactionary New York Times.

Having tried and failed to make Bill Clinton politically toxic for his own sleazy harassment habits, it was a matter of time before we conservatives turned our sites on poor Harvey. It’s important to note that he’s not directly quoted in this Daily Mail piece about him supposedly blaming the right for his sudden misfortunes, but it’s also important to note that blame-shifting and partisan misdirection is entirely consistent with his damage-control strategy over the last 24 hours. If he hasn’t blamed the American right yet for the various allegations against him, just give him time. He’ll get around to it.

Harvey Weinstein believes the allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour against him are part of a right-wing ‘conspiracy’ to take him down, DailyMail.com can reveal…

In an echo of his close friend Hillary Clinton’s notorious claim that ‘a vast right-wing conspiracy’ was out to get her and her husband, the Democratic supporter is making the claim to those around him – despite his admission

Weinstein believes a team of lawyers linked to conservative groups have been digging up dirt on him and that other prominent Democrat supporters will be attacked next.

Let’s put it this way: If a team of conservative groups is in fact in cahoots with outspoken liberal Ashley Judd to bring down Weinstein, it’s only because the entirety of the celebrity left, possibly up to and including the Obamas, has until now either been afraid to open their mouths about him or unwilling because it’s not in their financial interest. As for what blame-shifting and partisan misdirection, here’s the statement he put out last night, which I encourage you to read in full if you haven’t yet. I managed to hold down the bile past the part about him coming of age in the 60s and 70s and therefore seemingly harassing every woman he crossed paths with in adult life, but by paragraph four there was no stopping it:

I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt, and I plan to do right by all of them.

I am going to need a place to channel that anger, so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party. One year ago, I began organizing a $5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom, and I won’t disappoint her.

This guy’s one and only redeeming quality may be the sheer contempt in which he holds the left’s intelligence and willingness to be bought off. He’s essentially offering them the same hush-money settlement he allegedly offered his victims if they’ll just keep their mouths shut, look the other way, and let him go on doing what he does. The difference this time is that instead of paying it to them personally, he’ll pay it to their pet causes. You want a million bucks for gun-control groups in return for pretending like he’s not inviting starlets to his hotel room and “asking” them if they want to watch him shower? Done. Two million? Done, done. Name your price. Everyone has one. Oh, and don’t forget, this is all a right-wing conspiracy, you partisan progressive zombies.

One other thing, although it’s the least important detail in the Times story that blew him up. What kind of a weird come-on is “Would you like to watch me shower?” for a man, especially a man who looks like Weinstein? That line would work for maybe 50 percent of women and maybe three percent of men. And he ain’t in the three percent, to put it mildly. Assuming he really did say that to Ashley Judd, I think what explains it has less to do with any illusion Weinstein has about his own physical appeal and more to do with sheer power. He probably got off on the idea that Ashley Judd, a star even at the time, felt pressure to stand there and feign interest in watching this slug shower purely for the sake of protecting her career. He might as well have asked her to scrub his toilet while she was at it. Both tasks are equally demeaning.

Anyway, we’re all aware, or should be aware, that we’re throwing stones from the porch of a glass house. Shameful.