Thomas Frank Warns Us Not To Trust The Less Trustworthy Candidate

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I’m not sure we actually have to be reminded never to trust a Clinton, however recently some have praised Hillary Clinton’s economic policy speech as if it mattered. I suspect her REAL economic views can be found in the Goldman Sachs speech transcripts that we’ll never see.

What matters are the polls showing she is the less trustworthy of the two major-party candidates. Which is amazing, considering that she is running against the guy who invented “Trump University.”

Thomas Frank, writing in The Guardian, reiterates the fact that Hillary hasn’t changed.

As leading Republicans desert the sinking ship of Trump’s GOP, America’s two-party system itself has temporarily become a one-party system. And within that one party, the political process bears a striking resemblance to dynastic succession. Party office-holders selected Clinton as their candidate long ago, apparently determined to elevate her despite every possible objection, every potential legal problem. The Democratic National Committee helped out, too, as WikiLeaks tells us. So did President Barack Obama, that former paladin for openness, who in the past several years did nearly everything in his power to suppress challenges to Clinton and thus ensure she would continue his legacy of tepid, bank-friendly neoliberalism.

My leftist friends persuaded themselves that this stuff didn’t really matter, that Clinton’s many concessions to Sanders’ supporters were permanent concessions. But with the convention over and the struggle with Sanders behind her, headlines show Clinton triangulating to the right, scooping up the dollars and the endorsements, and the elites shaken loose in the great Republican wreck.

She is reaching out to the foreign policy establishment and the neocons. She is reaching out to Republican office-holders. She is reaching out to Silicon Valley. And, of course, she is reaching out to Wall Street

Don’t expect Hillary to follow through on her progressive promises if elected. She is the status quo candidate.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on August 13, 2016 - 11:16 pm

    I feel the warm breath of the corporate establishment on my neck. It creeps me out, and it stinks of rot.

  2. #2 by Mostly farce on August 16, 2016 - 10:58 am

    Sadly their is only one word to accurately describe those who blindly followed the BurnOut…I stated my case from the moment the jewish bolshevik stated he was in the running…in the running like diarrhea dripping from a street drunkards ass..

    The word is moron. Yes if you followed Bernie Sanders…look in the mirror, you are what a moron looks like. I have far more respect for the developmentally disabled, formerly known as least they know some limitations on what they note as intelligence..

    Here is Fish Face laying it all out for you ahead of time..oh your pudding eyes..did you miss something? Lol..

  3. #3 by John Talcott on August 16, 2016 - 2:08 pm

    My theory is that those who cannot make an argument without resorting to name calling and vulgarity are the ones most lacking in intelligence.

  4. #4 by Mostly farce on August 17, 2016 - 11:07 am

    So much for your theory, there are such things as a sense of humor and parody and critique..a sign of sure intelligence…those lacking it are often called “dullards”..

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on August 17, 2016 - 12:25 pm

    Mostly farce has one arrow in his quiver. Defeated.

  6. #6 by Mostly farce on August 18, 2016 - 9:14 am

    Yeah one arrow..too bad, for you, it is firmly embedded in the idiot progressive heart.

  7. #7 by Richard Warnick on August 22, 2016 - 12:55 pm

    The last two Hillary TV ads I saw on TV featured:

    • Michael Hayden (former director of the NSA and CIA – guilty of spying on innocent Americans)
    • Max Boot (CFR/PNAC neocon warmonger who proudly calls himself an imperialist)
    • Charles Krauthammer (contributing editor to the Weekly Standard)
    • Bill O’Reilly (Faux News Channel bloviator)
    • George Will (Faux News Channel contributor and climate science denier)
    • Willard (Mitt) Romney (former Tea-GOP presidential candidate and 1 Percenter)

    At least one of these ads is on YouTube, but it is UNLISTED.


    There are no ads with progressives endorsing Hillary. Hillary does not want progressives and independents to vote for her (we’re supposed to vote against Trump according to the “lesser evil” rule).


  8. #10 by Richard Warnick on August 22, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    The latest Hillary campaign talking point (as regurgitated by Joe Romm) to get progressives and independents to fall in line (emphasis added):

    “Clinton’s margin over Trump among this age group [under 30] is lower than we’d expect given how Obama did in the last two election cycles,” explains [FiveThirtyEight electoral analyst Harry] Enten. A key reason is the “unusually high share of under-30 voters saying they’ll vote third party.”

    This could matter, “if the election becomes closer.” Indeed, I’d argue it matters even if the election doesn’t become closer, since the margin of victory in this election is also going to send a message to the nation and the world about just how much America does or does not embrace the values and policies of Donald Trump.

    They are progressing from the basic “OMG Trump!” pitch to an incredibly arrogant “all your votes are belong to us.”

    What utter garbage. If you count every vote for another candidate as a vote against Trump, then it doesn’t matter if progressives and independents vote for Hillary or Jill Stein.

    Establishment parties nominated two very unpopular candidates. Since we know who will win, why throw away your vote on either? Use your vote to challenge corporate power. #JillNotHill

  9. #11 by Larry Bergan on August 22, 2016 - 6:34 pm

    I got trained to canvass for Mike Weinholtz the other day and there were five of us at this guys door. We hadn’t really talked about whether we were for Hillary or not. I told the man at the door, who made no secret that he was a democrat, that we might actually have a chance to get a democrat governor this time because of all the people who registered to vote for Sanders here this year. He said he loved Sanders. We all looked at each other and enthusiastically broke out in a little Bernie love fest right there.

    I just can’t get excited about Hillary, but I’m going to see what I can do about helping Utah turn blue.

  10. #12 by Mostly farce on August 23, 2016 - 11:14 am

    A Sanders lovefest?…that is absolutely maniacal after what the fraud has done..

    This is truly Jumping the Shark..there will be no return for this group in this wasteland of political desert wandering….and you aren’t the Fonz.

  11. #13 by Larry Bergan on August 23, 2016 - 8:12 pm

    Gee, Mostly… Too bad you couldn’t be there to ruin it for us. Life isn’t fair, is it? :(

    I’m going out on my own tomorrow. Wish me luck.

  12. #14 by Richard Warnick on August 24, 2016 - 8:53 am

    Last night on MSNBC, Chris Hayes pretended to be ignorant, claiming to not understand the corruption of the Clinton Foundation. I was sorry for him, because he knows the truth but was probably under corporate orders to deny it.

    More Than Half of the Private Citizens Clinton Met With at State Department Were Foundation Donors

  13. #15 by Mostly farce on August 29, 2016 - 12:11 pm

    Well as you can imagine, wolfowitz endorsing HildeBeest gives proof to the DemoRat Party lie..they are and were truly all the same…

    Except for Tom Sawyer Paint My Fence fer nuthin’ Genius Donald Trump. Anyone with half a wit can see that the whole of “they all the same” is maniacally against him..

    …and that is the the best and most stunning endorsement anyone not in the tank from the get go..or just plain old stupid needs, to figure out who is on the side of “We the People”..

    The old paradigm is the new boss, the guy who actually doesn’t look, act, or have any scumbag “friends” associated with the old that is the best chance any of have for a decent outcome…After the destruction of Libya, arming and creating ISIS and destroying Syria, not to mention Yemen..HildeBeest with her criminal slush fund, and friends like career criminal dual passport jew wolfowitz..and all the rest..I know that if you vote for are the same kind of worthless scum that has laid this Nation so low..A pox on your houses then..and then as Sam Adams said..”let us forget that you ever our Countrymen”.

  14. #16 by Richard Warnick on August 31, 2016 - 3:04 pm

    This is getting ridiculous.

    Former Bush defense official to endorse Clinton: ‘There is no choice’
    Bush World goes for Clinton, but will a former president?
    There are now dozens of big-name Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton for president

    Can anyone possibly believe that Hillary’s vote to authorize Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq was just a silly one-time “mistake”?

    • #17 by Larry Bergan on August 31, 2016 - 10:27 pm

      Does Richard Pearle have Alzheimers or something? He’s not dead yet. I don’t see him on the list.

  15. #18 by Richard Warnick on September 1, 2016 - 8:10 am

    I really thought Hillary Clinton was going to win in a landslide. What is happening to the polls?

    • #19 by Larry Bergan on September 1, 2016 - 1:36 pm

      It’s really crazy. Hillary has her negatives, but Trump is off the charts crazy. Why all of our elections and polls are close, no matter who’s running, doesn’t make any sense.

      We can count on a neck n’ neck election night, and it doesn’t make any difference if Trump actually DOES go out on Fifth street and shoot somebody.

  16. #20 by Richard Warnick on September 2, 2016 - 8:12 am

    Whether or not Trump is running a real campaign, some on the intertubes have begun speculating what will happen when he loses. Quiet retirement from politics not likely. Maybe a partnership with Roger Aires to form a profitable Hillary-bashing media outlet? The Tea-GOP always tries to de-legitimize any Dem president, especially a Clinton. Hillary’s friends on the right can’t save her.

    An even bigger danger would be if Hillary and Trump manage to destroy everyone’s trust in politics and government. A lot of Americans are there already. What if nobody accepts the national government as legitimate?

    • #21 by Larry Bergan on September 2, 2016 - 8:44 am

      The Weinholtz campaign hasn’t been working me to death, but I’ve been out twice, and I can tell you that the people I’ve talked to can’t really tell which party of the two is making things hard for them. I know it isn’t the Democrats for the most part, but I don’t like to upset apple carts when I’m working with others. I always follow orders when I’m representing somebody else’s plan.

      I think the “they’re all the same” thing is working like magic. The big lie works.

      • #22 by Richard Warnick on September 2, 2016 - 8:53 am

        All the best propaganda has a foundation in fact. Both major political parties are actually working for the 1 Percent, not us. This is why I never bought the “lesser evil” justification for voting Dem.

        I do sympathize with confused voters in the “post truth” political era we’re in. Trump’s immigration speech might have broken the record on lie-to-word ratio.

        • #23 by Larry Bergan on September 2, 2016 - 12:03 pm

          Our society is structured around the desires of the corporate investors, not the needs of the people. I feel this is going to end badly.

          Unregulated capitalism is a hell bound train, not a pyramid of success.

        • #24 by Larry Bergan on September 2, 2016 - 12:17 pm

          At least I’m not in orbit, watching the free market supply missiles blowing up, one after another. Does Space-X care more about me, or the investors? :)

  17. #25 by Larry Bergan on September 2, 2016 - 9:56 pm

    A little Utah humor amid the election horror: :)

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