April 05, 2008

The Clintons Are Rich - Really, Really Rich

Which really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, but you never know if such news might affect some voters. Between this and Clinton telling a tall tale (lie?) in her stock health care speech she's likely in for a slightly bumpy weekend on the campaign trail. But I don't think the tax information would be nearly as damaging as disclosing the contributors to Bill Clinton's presidential library - and the campaign is, predictably, refusing to do that.

So now that the Clinton's have shown their tax records will the press pressure McCain to disclose his? I doubt it, but it would be appropriate, right?

Posted by armand at April 5, 2008 12:28 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Politics


So the fuck what?

I know, and Te-ray-sa Heinz is old and European. Whatever.

Posted by: binky at April 5, 2008 01:39 PM | PERMALINK

No interest in how they got rich? In where all that money came from, and if the sources of that money (Russian oligarchs? Shadowy Chinese moneymen?) might um, want something from the next President Clinton?

You tellin' me that if W leaves office and suddenly turns up with a NINE FIGURE FORTUNE a few years later you aren't going to have anything to say about it?

Oh, and darlin', I don't give a shit that Ta-RAY-sa is European, I care that she has spending her dead husband's family's fortune on the perpetuation of My Asshole Senator's political career. If she'd stop that and go away I'd be her biggest fan.

Posted by: jacflash at April 5, 2008 03:08 PM | PERMALINK

Well, if Clinton's voters do skew to working-class ethnic types, one might think that their love of the Clintons might fade slightly if they learn they are really rich and made their money by rubbing elbows with the (worldwide) powers that be. I'm not saying that will happen, but I think it could hurt her "I feel your pain and can relate to you" message - at least with some.

Posted by: Armand at April 5, 2008 04:31 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, and as to Teresa Heinz, calling her "European" - I get it and what you are doing with that, but it's kind of weird given that she didn't live all that long in Europe.

And jacflash, I guess I get your anger as well - but I really don't think Senator Kerry's continued political career turns on his wife's money.

But as to the sources of the Clinton money - sure it matters. For the reasons you mention. And that's why I think disclosing the library donations would be even worse, given that I assume those would be proportionally more (potentially) politically embarrassing.

Posted by: Armand at April 5, 2008 04:40 PM | PERMALINK

You tellin' me that if W leaves office and suddenly turns up with a NINE FIGURE FORTUNE a few years later you aren't going to have anything to say about it?

I could care less. I accept that our rulers are plutocrats. Not only that, I find it terribly unfair that her husband's book deal and speaking tours and whatnot are somehow more dirty than Reagan's, Newt's or etc.

Poor people do not run for president. Does that suck for the representativeness of the system? Yes. But my knickers do not get all twisty about it at this particular moment, especially not to single out Hillary. Shall we talk about Ahnuld's wallet?

And also, I ask you in return, if Obama becomes president, and afterwards he writes a sucessful book and goes on to fame and fortune, will you care as much? Like Bill Clinton, he would be a fairly young ex-President, and need some way to generate income for a fairly long "retirement."

Posted by: binky at April 5, 2008 04:45 PM | PERMALINK

For my part it's not that I care - but I think voters might care.

And if Michelle Obama runs for president after an Obama presidency has made her husband rich - sure, where the family money comes from seems to me a reasonable thing for some voters to worry about.

Posted by: Armand at April 5, 2008 05:11 PM | PERMALINK

For the record I find Mickey Kaus to be as idiotic as usual on this front. While I get how where the Clintons got their money can be an issue in the campaign, how the Clintons spend their money seems pretty much irrelevant unless there is evidence the money is going to terrorists, Jim Dobson, or some cause that stands in stark contrast to Sen. Clinton's political agenda - and there is no evidence of that.

Posted by: Armand at April 6, 2008 05:19 PM | PERMALINK
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