So far the only hard questions for Hillary have come from UK and German media outlets. Der Spiegel avoided the softballs and actually asked some serious questions.
SPIEGEL: For the past 25 years, there were two families that were very prominent in politics, your family and the Bush family. First George [H.W.] Bush was president for four years, then your husband led the country for eight years, and then George W. Bush was president for eight years. If either you or Jeb Bush were to win the election in 2016, once again a member of these two families would become president. Will the American democracy turn into a monarchy?
Clinton: We had two Roosevelts. We had two Adams. It may be that certain families just have a sense of commitment or even a predisposition to want to be in politics. I ran for president, as you remember. I lost to somebody named Barack Obama, so I don’t think there is any guarantee in American politics. My last name did not help me in the end. Our system is open to everyone. It is not a monarchy in which I wake up in the morning and abdicate in favor of my son.
The two Roosevelts weren’t remotely on the same team. They were in practice enemies.
There’s also little comparison between TR and FDR, both of whom had independent political careers, to Hillary Clinton, who ran entirely on her husband’s name. A lot of the voters who support her are openly talking about nostalgia for the Clinton era.
Even G.W. Bush was a significantly different political figure than his unpopular father.
We’ve never had any precedent for this kind of third term election strategy. And considering that the Clintons are grooming their daughter for public office, that abdication joke rings hollow.
What Hillary Clinton does not address is that her political ascendancy is a lot more than a matter of the last name. We’ve come to the point where a dynasty is a real problem because the first thing that the Clintons did out of the White House was plot to get back in.
That’s very much a monarchial tick. Hillary lost in ’08, but there was no reason why she should have been the inevitable candidate. Or why she’s the inevitable candidate now.
That’s followed by more poormouthing.
SPIEGEL: Today, you are multimillionaires. Your husband has earned $104 million with his speeches since 2001.
Clinton: We are very grateful for where we are today. But if you were to go back and look at the amount of money that we owed, we couldn’t even get a mortgage on a house by ourselves. In our system he had to make double what he needed in order just to pay off the debt, and then to finance a house and continue to pay for our daughter’s education.
Educating Chelsea didn’t require $100 million. Nor did paying off the legal bills. The home that the Clintons bought was a mansion that enabled Hillary to run for office.
Their frenzied wealth collection has nothing to do their legal bills and it would be nice if Hillary finally admitted that.
The Clintons like luxury. They like wealth. They like power.
Everyone understands that. The more Hillary acts as if she’s working class, the more the public is reminded of her dishonesty.