Hillary’s Double Bind, by Deborah Tannen


Hillary: the Candidate of Mature, Responsible People Looking for Logic, Not Passion

Hillary is Fundamentally Honest (Kevin Drum in the Rolling Stone), spinning off a piece by Jill Abramson in The (UK) Guardian.

Politifact, a Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking organization, gives Clinton the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates.



Jay Parini on Clinton’s ties to Wall Street:

The financial industry has supplied roughly 3.9% of Clinton’s funding, or 7% if you count money from related PACs. She did, of course, make a fair number of speeches to big banks — though by no means did the bulk of her income as a speaker derive from those speeches.

And what did Wall Street get for its money? Not much.

In the Senate, she voted for TARP, the Bush plan to bail out the banks. But this was a wise move, in my view, helping to rescue an economy in free fall. She argued from the floor: “For two years, I and others have called for action as wave after wave of defaults and foreclosures crashed against communities and the broader economy.” She has, in fact, called for a tax on high frequency trading, the sort of maneuvering that puts people’s retirement savings at risk.

In general, Clinton has been fairly sympathetic to Wall Street and willing to work with it, even help it at times. This annoys some on the left. But do we really want a president who hates Wall Street, which is the engine house of our economy?

I don’t think so.

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