in vast conspiracies It seems so long ago that the nation was brought to the shuddering brink of constitutional crisis with the impeachment of Bill Clinton. For that thank the zealotry of Ken Starr, who turned his initial charge to look into an obscure Arkansas land deal into a six-year, $70 million-dollar vendetta that resulted in the dirtiest book ever published with taxpayer dollars.

Hillary Clinton famously called the forces arrayed against her husband a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” and though she was mocked for her paranoia at the time, her insight now rings true. This Friday at Chapel Hill’s Varsity theater, a new film, The Hunting of the President, will begin a regular engagement.

Directed by Nickolas Perry and Clinton pal Harry Thomason (and based on the book of the same name by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason) this film explains how right-wing forces in and out of government conspired, harassed and smeared Bill Clinton throughout his tenure in the White House.

In addition to being a post-mortem on the well-intentioned but tragically undisciplined Clinton, The Hunting of the President should also be a cautionary tale about what the far more circumspect Kerry could face, should he win the White House.