Well, yeah, sure

Hillary Clinton said campaign finance reform would be a central plank of her presidential bid on Tuesday, revealing a determination to reinvent her political profile as a more humble, populist figure for the 2016 election.


You’ve
already got the money raising network, haven’t you?

8 comments on “Well, yeah, sure

  1. The keys to winning the Democratic nomination are total honesty and integrity in her approach to the voters. If she can fake those, she’s a shoo-in.

  2. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible, in practice, tobbe humble *and* populist. People don’t want the uncertainty that underpins humility.

  3. And she has the “charity” by which people can get around the already-existing campaign finance laws by tax-deductible (natch) donations to the “charity”.

    Are there any limits to how much of your *own* money you can spend in an election?

  4. Niels, it’s possible to be humble and popular. The term ‘populist‘ is really just a term used by liars to shut down people they disagree with.

    All that said, she is not humble and I’m not sure she’s all that popular or populist.

  5. Interested, I agree with that, but putting the rhetorical tricks aside, populism is *seeking* to be popular, yes? Blair-style politics. Doesn’t mesh well with humility.

    Just depressing that the Guardian can’t spot such an obvious dissonance. Or chooses not to highlight it.

  6. NielsR said: “Interested, I agree with that, but putting the rhetorical tricks aside, populism is *seeking* to be popular, yes? Blair-style politics. Doesn’t mesh well with humility.”

    I think the Guardian is using a strict definition of populist – that of claiming to speak for the common person. You can be populist without being popular and you can be popular without being populist. If Hilary Clinton manages to become President that is no proof of popularity with the public either – just that she was the least worst shit out of a choice of two.

  7. @ Gareth
    You assume that Ron Paul won’t run this time (Rand is *not* a shoo-in to the Republican nomination). There is *nil* chance that Hillary would be the least worst shit if Ron ran and not much more than 0.1% of nil chance that he would beat her.

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