COMMENTARY | Hot Air suggests that Hillary Clinton has a problem. The class warfare weapon that worked so successfully against Mitt Romney is being turned against her. It is a beautiful thing to behold.
“Live by the class-warfare sword, die by the class-warfare sword. The One Percenter argument that effectively painted Mitt Romney in 2012 as an out-of-touch patrician in a nation full of populists has boomeranged on Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2014, thanks in large part to Hillary’s own declarations of poverty and struggle.”
The Democrats have usually been better at finessing the fact that their politicians – the Kennedys and the Roosevelts both come to mind – are often possessors of great wealth. The Clintons don’t seem to have that knack, whining about being poor while collecting six figure checks for standing at a podium for an hour and yammering. Great work if you can get it.
It would be delicious payback for the Republicans if Clinton runs and gets the nomination to run someone against her who can safely said to have come up out of want. I give you Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas and the son of a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States with just $100 in his pocket and barely speaking English. To be sure Senator Cruz is well off; he has earned it in his legal practice. But his story is part of the immigrant dream, not one of purveying political influence into mountains of cash.
Indeed it could be said Romney got his wealth more honestly than the Clintons, creating and nurturing companies and creating jobs.
The only thing that might stop a class war against Clinton in 2016 is if the Democrats manage to nominate someone else, preferably someone born in the slums. One is not sure why poverty has to be a prerequisite to political position; one would think that the ability to make money would be a quality much to be desired. But there it is. At the very least it is now the Democrats’ turn to suffer.