We are a long, long way out but this kind of lead even at this early stage puts panic into the hearts of the more establishment GOP candidates for president. To be clear, a large part of the GOP in Washington DC would rather have Hilary Clinton as president than Rand Paul. The last thing the bankers want is a president who will force an audit of the Federal Reserve or even seek to hobble the Federal Reserve.
Let’s see, are the perpetual war guys who are nominally part of the Republican Party going to side with Hillary Clinton if Jeb Bush or Chris Christie don’t get the nomination? Probably. If Rand Paul gets the nomination? Almost assuredly.
Probably. Cheney’s just mad that he couldn’t turn young Rand Paul Skywalker to the dark side, so now he’s just trying to shoot the guy with lightning bolts.
Hillary Clinton has a problem which is much bigger than just Goldman Sachs. 29 of the Dow 30 have already given generously in one way or another to Ms. Clinton’s presumed 2016 presidential campaign. Goldman Sachs just might be the most repulsive of the big corporate donors.
The short answer is yes. Don’t worry Democrats (and Republicans) Hillary will be plenty liberal or “progressive” or whatever the word for statist will be in 2016. But part of that package, the pro-state package, is partnering with powerful corporate interests. That’s just the way it is. The state in many ways is owned by these interests but the state also owns these corporate interests too. It is the crony capitalist tango and it is a key part of having large government. It defines our economic system and Hilary Clinton knows this and knows how to work it.
Well, if this isn’t a warning I don’t know what is.
Greenwald expresses a sentiment not far from one I expressed recently.
Ms. Clinton will likely be the next president despite being a hugely corporate sponsored candidate with a long history of integrity issues. (To say the least.) People will celebrate her candidacy and her election as yet more “progress” for America. Oh happy day, a new face – and gender – is put on the same system of citizen disenfranchisement. But she’s a woman.
The party doesn’t want the “circus” it had in 2012 with the debates. Too much Ron Paul, too little inevitable coronation of the establishment candidate.
Bush was a corporatist. There is no doubt about that. Obama is a corporatist as we have documented over and over and over. But Hilary Clinton is taking things to a new level. She is tight with the banks, pharma, defense, you name it. She watched Glass-Steagall twitch and die at her husband’s hand from the guilded confines of the White House. She is a crony capitalist through and through.
Colorado is a political bellwether. It is an interesting mix of rural and city, hippie and frontierspeople, gun nuts and gun control laws, new west and old west. It is perhaps the purplist of purple states. And right now Rand Paul is not quite crushing Hillary Clinton, but soundly ahead of her in this very important electoral state.