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Hillary’s Money Problem

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Hillary Clinton’s status as a wealthy celebrity will make it difficult for her to deploy the populist narrative that helped Democratic nominees win the popular vote in five out of the last six presidential elections. How can a woman who boasts a net worth of at least $21 million and hobnobs almost exclusively with well-heeled financial titans and movie stars, plausibly denounce Republicans as the party of the rapacious rich while portraying Democrats as defenders of the downtrodden?

The only presidential election since 1988 in which the Democrat failed to win more votes than his GOP rival came with the victory of George W. Bush in 2004. In that year, the donkey party chose patrician John Kerry, whose marriage to Teresa Heinz provided an estimated net worth of $750 million and made him, arguably, the richest candidate ever nominated by either party. Republican attacks on the Massachusetts Senator as effete, elite and out of touch took their toll: remember the devastating ad that mocked his indulgence in wind-surfing?

In other recent contests, Democrats did better at portraying themselves as representatives of common folk. The 1992 battle between George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton came across as The Preppy vs. The Hillbilly, or the blue-blooded son of a US Senator against the posthumous child of a hard-drinking traveling salesman. Four years later, Bob Dole’s 36 years in Congress eclipsed his own hardscrabble background; President Clinton, still just four years away from Little Rock, seemed far more connected with middle-American life.

 

This column appeared at TRUTHREVOLT.ORG on December 28, 2014. 

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  1. john  •  Dec 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    How can a person with Hillary’s net worth attack the GOP as a party of the rich? Easy, by pointing out the platform the GOP advocates and the legislation they pass. Even as the GOP has the economically backwards south locked up by appeals to submerged rascism, their overall policies such as the recent rollbacks of Dodd-Frank show who they serve. This is so even though many in the Dem party serve the same Wall Street masters.

    • Boyce Rickman  •  Jan 9, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Very ignorant comment from a “Northern” Elitist. It appears, if nothing else, you know NOTHING of geography. Last I checked, Texas is in “the south”. Texas has been the leading state in economic terms for many years running. Open your eyes a little and look at a map on occasion, especially before you plan to put your foot in your mouth!

    • Boyce Rickman  •  Jan 9, 2015 at 10:46 am

      The only part of your silly rant that made ANY sense was the final sentence. It shows that you are not completely mentally disabled- just IGNORANT!

      • Kpar  •  Jan 10, 2015 at 10:38 am

        John seems to have stopped paying attention to politics in 1960, when the “Rockefeller Republicans” ran the show.

        Now the Dems are the party of the “Fat Cat” crony capitalists- and the dependents are their slaves…

  2. Jim  •  Jan 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    She could care less. The “great brainwashed” of our society will vote for her as they did for the current sociopath in the White House.

  3. JGUY  •  Jan 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    The money thing wont matter…..She has the quadruple punch of “first” female to
    become President, successful executive and legislator, perceived overcoming
    victim of husbands “bimbo” eruptions and her popular husband who can literally
    sell snowballs to eskimos. It will be a coronation rather than an election.

    • Boyce Rickman  •  Jan 9, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Unfortunately, I concur. Their ally, Gruber, hit the nail on the head, and these parasites take full advantage of the current state of stupidity in this country. It seems to be fine with the “Feminists” that support her that she “stands by her man”, even though he is a Sexist Pig. Even if the alleged Rubenstein tapes of Bubba are exposed, that will not sway them. These lemmings will blindly follow their leaders off the cliff- and take the rest of us with them!

  4. janeflaherty  •  Jan 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Not even the remotest chance i would consider voting for her….

  5. janeflaherty  •  Jan 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    No way, no how I would consider voting for her….

  6. TDG  •  Jan 9, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I relish the thought of a Hillary v any number of
    Republican wannabes. She’s scares me not!
    “Bring her on!”

  7. Kpar  •  Jan 10, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I do not like dynasties, and I will not support Jeb Bush in the primaries. That said, however, if Hillary wins the nomination, I will vote for ANYBODY else…

    • Don Lee  •  Jan 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I hope that everyone watches the Movie that came out a while back called “Hillary: The Movie, by Dick Morris. What a despicable person she and Bill were and are. She gets Bill to pardon notorious members of the criminal FMLN in New York to look good to the Hispanic community in her run for the Senate in 2000. Those 2 are despicable to America.

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