Hillary Clinton will soon be announcing her candidacy for the presidency. She has learned from 2008, or so reports say, and will be reaching out to voters in “intimate” settings like pseudo-town halls, rather than the mass rallies of her previous candidacy, which were supposed to anoint her as the “inevitable” Democratic candidate in 2008.
Yes, Hillary is searching for the common touch, the touch that came so naturally (in more ways than one) to her husband Bill. It’s an act, of course, for there’s no candidate more calculating and controlling and imperious than Hillary. This is not necessarily a bad thing in a leader; nice gals finish last, especially in the man’s world of U.S. presidential politics. Hillary knows it’s not enough for women to “lean-in”; you have to be willing to get down and dirty to beat the old boys at their own game.
No, the main problem is not Hillary’s imperiousness. It’s her shilling for major corporate donations, and her willingness to accept major “donations” from foreign governments (via the Clinton Foundation) while claiming that her hands remain untied and unsullied.
An interesting graphic from LittleSis illustrates the point, which explains that: “Of the 425 large corporate donors to the Clinton Foundation, the Wall Street Journal found 60 of those donors lobbied the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure.”
As Peter Van Buren notes, the Clintons have already broken their promises of transparency with respect to donors and their donations. It’s say one thing and do another: business as usual for the Clintons.
When she was in high school, Hillary was an enthusiastic supporter of Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election, whose campaign slogan, “In your heart, you know he’s right,” was appositely funny. Yes — far right, people said. Hillary’s slogan for 2016 should be, “In my heart, I know I’m right,” so vote for me, peasants. Never mind where and how Bill and I got our money, and to whom we owe favors.
Shilling for money is a large part of the American “democratic” process, and Bill and Hillary are masters at it. This shouldn’t necessarily disqualify Hillary. But the broken promises, the dubious ethics, the constant evasiveness: well, those qualities are far more worrying. And deeply compromising.