This can’t actually be casually dismissed as the Clintons merely lacking the self-discipline to keep their pockets closed to money that gets thrown their way.
I mean, sure, you can casually dismiss it… but that’s obtuse or consciously delusional. It’s a robust influence peddling gambit, and the Clintons understand the power relationships there. And what’s happening at this moment, with Chait and Vox and the NY Times, is the base is deciding whether or not they’re up to spouting Clinton lies for 5 years or more. It’s a hard ask because the Clintons may very well disappoint with a scandal that can’t be diminished with a buncha lies. Other thing is, The Democrat base is in embrace of a sentiment that despises corporate oligarchy and ambiguous money while…. The Clintons are whoring out for corporate oligarchy and getting paid with ambiguous money… This is going to be the actual complaint the R’s make about Clinton rather than an observation about populism that the Rs may fumble. It’s that the Clinton’s are whores to the oligarchs. And it’s true, and the contrast is real. Certainly Republican’s take ambiguous / soft money and their position on soft money isn’t easy to defend against prevailing thought in these times, but Republicans are almost obtusely ideological there. They’re not whores generally, not like this.
Jots with dots
Then again, this would be welcome: http://www.vox.com/2015/4/29/8512283/hillary-clinton-calls-for-end-to-mass-incarceration-reversing-bill
Sanders, in: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/04/29/bernie-sanders-president-2016-vermont/26561211/ Fringy, I don’t actually think he’s got a deep well of well regard. Ya know, principled man, but he’s Quixote-esque, and his run is Quixote-esque. But, could do worse. Like with HRC. And you can envision where the base gravitates towards him, he stays close, and HRC blows up.
I said that: http://theweek.com/articles/552189/dont-blame-globalization-china-outsourcing-baltimore-riots It’s a police problem. In-group psychology and then passive and institutional racism means minorities suffer more. It’s also to say, I reject that it’s a root causes thing generally. Cuz it’s a police problem.
Rand: Root causes. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/04/29/rand-paul-cites-a-lack-of-fathers-in-baltimore-its-more-nuanced-than-you-think/ Very disappointing pander to the GOP base there, unless he wants to pair it with a notion that we jail too many of these fathers.