The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

About the Children

Hillary Clinton's supporters have created a fantasy view of their candidate that I described in the my last post. In addition, they'll tell you that Hillary really cares about the middle class, that she really, really cares about inner city residents, that she really, really really cares about Latinos and their struggles as they make a new home in this country.

But over the past few weeks, Hillary has been nowhere to be seen in meeting with the middle class, inner city, or Latino communities. In fact, she's all but disappeared—no media interviews, no speeches of any substance, no nothing. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is meeting with Latinos and other working people throughout the country, with officials in Mexico, with African Americans in Detroit. Hillary's supporters hiss that these meetings are a cynical and brazen attempt by a "racist" to "pander" to minority communities. Maybe so, but at least he's out there, talking to people who really, really matter.

None other than Hillary's most ardent media supporter—The New York Times—had this to say this morning:
Mr. Trump has pointed to Mrs. Clinton’s noticeably scant schedule of campaign events this summer to suggest she has been hiding from the public. But Mrs. Clinton has been more than accessible to those who reside in some of the country’s most moneyed enclaves and are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to see her. In the last two weeks of August, Mrs. Clinton raked in roughly $50 million at 22 fund-raising events, averaging around $150,000 an hour, according to a New York Times tally.

And while Mrs. Clinton has faced criticism for her failure to hold a news conference for months [actually, it's been about 9 months, but this is the NYT, afterall], she has fielded hundreds of questions from the ultrarich in places like the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Beverly Hills and Silicon Valley.

“It’s the old adage, you go to where the money is,” said Jay S. Jacobs, a prominent New York Democrat.

Mrs. Clinton raised about $143 million in August, the campaign’s best month yet. At a single event on Tuesday in Sagaponack, N.Y., 10 people paid at least $250,000 to meet her, raising $2.5 million.

If Mr. Trump appears to be waging his campaign in rallies and network interviews, Mrs. Clinton’s second presidential bid seems to amount to a series of high-dollar fund-raisers with public appearances added to the schedule when they can be fit in. Last week, for example, she diverged just once from her packed fund-raising schedule to deliver a speech.
Every politician has to raise money, but Hillary seems obsessed with picking the pockets of the media, artistic and corporate elites. Because she is the definition of mendacity, what she tells us about her concern for the "struggling and the "striving" is belied by the time she spends with the gitterati—a place where, according to her allies at the NYT, she seems comfortable and at ease.

Maybe the 'little people' whom Hillary Clinton cares so much about are the children of the megarich, who, according to the NYT would be allowed to ask Hillary a question after a $2700 donation from their parents. Yeah, after all, Hillary really, really cares about the children.