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Hillary Clinton still having trouble dealing with a core issue for Dems

Hillary "the Inevitable" Clinton still seems to exhibit tone deafness on a defining issue for Democrats -- the exponentially widening gap between the super-rich and most everyone else.

Is it that her immense connections to Wall Street trump everything else?

Is it that her heart simply isn't in the same place as many of her own party?

Is it that - despite her long experience in politics - she simply doesn't have the ability, or maybe desire, to articulate a persuasive case?

Or maybe she instinctively assumes - having grown up in an upper-middle-class Chicago suburb - that the educated upper middle-class is still doing just fine (even if lower-income working class folks are not). Ironic, given how it was those blue-collar, working class voters who disproportionately supported her against Barack Obama. Maybe she assumes the income inequality argument resonates primarily with the far progressive left -- and ACORN.

From The NEW REPUBLIC's Noam Scheiber....


Posted at 8:23am on July 10, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 9:43am
The article was written from an Occupy Wall Street perspective. So of course, they are going to take Hillary to task for not being as aggressive on Wall Street as they would wish...

It is probably Hillary's Achilles Heel, but she still handily beats any Republican when it comes to being seen as the candidate who is more for Main Street....

Allan Loudell
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 10:37am

Although how ironic it would be if the establishment Republicans' choice for President lost in the primaries and caucuses, an anti-Wall Street maverick emerged, and then you'd have the G.O.P. Presidential nominee perceived as more Main Street, and Hillary as pro-Wall Street...

Indeed, I always found it ironic how conservatives savaged the Clintons considering Bill Clinton's embrace of Big Business's agenda, NAFTA, and tightening welfare.

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 10:46am
It appears Hillary's "star-power" is fading...otherwise she would be shielded from questions that make her appear weak.

Rumors are circulating that 0bama supports Fauxcahontas (Elizabeth Warren) to take over the reigns after his leave. She's a true Progressive and Harvard's first "woman of color"...even though she's not actually a native-American.

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 10:53am
I highly doubt the establishment GOP would nominate an anti-Wall Street maverick...some establishment-types are currently pushing Romney to run again.
Only a Tea Party-type candidate is going to go against Wall Street...many of the things Occupy Wall Streeters wanted could be reached with a Tea Party person in charge...establishment GOP and Democrats are far too cozy/connected to Wall Street to change their "stripes".

One way to distance Wall Street from corrupt politicians would be to force them to play by the same rules as "common citizens"...why should the people who make/approve laws be allowed benefit from these decisions? Time to end insider trading for politicians!

Allan Loudell
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 11:07am
Oh I agree, Mr. Grey, the establishment G.O.P. would never willingly nominate an anti-Wall Street maverick, but, if the establishment can't coalesce around a single candidate with some pizazz (Ohio's Senator Portman, for example, has less charisma than Romney, and Marco Rubio appears to be fading, at least for now!), I could imagine a scenario where the Tea Party maverick wing of the G.O.P. prevailed in choosing a suitable nominee.

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 12:29pm
One possible candidate who seems to be liked by both the establishment and Tea Party is Rick Perry... I think Perry is auditioning for 2016 as he meets today with the president about the Texas border, national security, and immigration. If the Texas governor actually shows leadership and is able to "get something done" on the border, he just may re-invent himself (after the last Presidential debate flop).

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 1:17pm
EarlGrey: I agree, Rick Perry seems to have the leadership skills America has lacked in a President for quite awhile. Texas is like a small nation, so he's got real life experience already as a "president" of Texas.

I'd pick Rick Perry over Romney. Mitt's a good guy; I like him, but had his shot and doesn't know how to connect with the regular John and Jane Doe of America. He believes that retired folks collecting Social Security are takers. He's wrong on that and never acknowledged he was wrong. So Mitt's definitely NOT for John and Jane Doe. So far, Governor Perry seems to be. I guess as we see and hear more from Rick, we'll find out.

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 12:10am
Allan: The Republicans didn't savage the Clintons. They salvaged the Clintons.

Allan Loudell
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 6:00am
Mr. Pizza:

You may be onto something... although perhaps beyond what you intended!

One can argue President Clinton's embrace of NAFTA, welfare reform, etc., was costing him support among liberals/progressives AND organized labor.

Congressional Republicans' pursuit of impeachment produced a "rally around" effect, where Dems and liberals defended Mr. Clinton against that onslaught from the Right.

I think the record suggests African-Americans rallied around the president at that point, not before. It was only then that he became metaphorically America's first "black" president. Toni Morrison coined that term in The NEW YORKER, saying blacks could identify with Mr. Clinton's background, and indeed, the unrelenting pushback for his personal indiscretions.

Allan Loudell

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 7:25am
Yes Allan, it's all the above. Congratulations to the Teflon President.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 7:57am
Allan explained it well. This is why I believe Boehner is wrong to sue Obama. Sure it makes the TEA folks feel good to try to stick it to ole Barack, BUT as with Clinton's impeachment, this lawsuit will cause the DEMS to rally and get energized for November's election. To me, it seems like the same foolish stuff the G.O.P./TEA folks do when they've got a lock on the election; they shoot themselves in the foot.

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 8:37am
Mike: I thought the same thing about Boehner's lawsuit... but it's a better decision than going after the president for impeachment (many in the Tea Party are pushing for impeachment)... IF the G.O.P. really wants to fire up the Democrat base for 2014, the Republicans will pursue impeachment charges.

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 8:49am
So, Clinton was the Teflon(c) president...what does that make 0bama? The rubber president?

"I'm rubber, you're glue. Everything bounces off me and sticks to you"

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 8:44pm
Well, it sure was okay for the Democrats to impeach Nixon.

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