February 21, 2013

Hillary Clinton to earn over $200,000 per speech on speaker circuit

During which time she’ll rail against the ultra rich — “the top 2%” — whom as we all know don’t contribute their fair share, worried as they are over vulgar bourgeois concerns like profit and expansion, the greedy covetousness of which is an affront to the noble poor and the free-market oppressed who are compelled to collect disability and food stamps and housing vouchers as a direct result of the success of others. Wealth being a finite thing, and private-sector hoarders hoarding most of it.

Except where Bernanke gets an itch to print more of it, I mean.  But then that’s different.

— All of which I could accept if Ms Clinton just promised to use some of that filthy lucre to do something about that pair of  Árbol del Tule stumps she routinely stuffs into her stylish-yet-sensible flats.

Because let’s face it:  If she’s going to run for President in 2016 and I’m going to be forced to encounter establishing shots of her trundling down the steps of aircraft, it really is the least she can do.

And sorry, but I too have my priorities.

(h/t MarkLevinShow)



Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:22pm

Comments (37)

  1. I really don’t believe she’s going to run. I don’t remember where I saw it, maybe InstaPundit, but somewhere Kathleen Parker opined that Hillary not running was her revenge for putting up with Bubba’s peccadillos for all those years. I think that’s about right –and the first smart thing Kathleen Parker’s had to say in six or seven years.

  2. last time clotty clotty tater head ran for president she lost

    but this next time she’ll have all the monies

  3. From the “What could possibly go wrong?” files:
    Greek Ex-President to teach Finance at Columbia

    Yes, that is the school with the big journalism program. Go figure.

  4. I picked a fine time to quit drinking, it appears.

  5. Hillary’s best shot at becoming president right now is to hope that everyone else in the U.S. keels over dead at the same moment.

  6. It’s not so much their little world that I pity, but the losers that are still selling their souls to try and enter it.

  7. Is it wrong that I kinda wish she would get cancer or have a stroke or something so that we could just quit it with the Hillary! for President! narrative once and for all? Considering that her absolute incompetence in keeping out ambassador & others safe in Benghazi, both before & during the attack, hasn’t stopped her trajectory, I don’t know what will.
    Maybe she’ll embrace the freedom and ca$h rewards of being an ex-Senator & SoS and decide she doesn’t need the hassle of a presidential campaign (fingers crossed).

  8. Meanwhile, the current Pope Benedict XVI will receive a monthly pension of about €2,500 when he becomes Cardinal Ratzinger at 8:00pm Rome time on Feb. 28th. If the next Holy Father grants him Cardinal Emeritus status, that pension could double.

  9. If Hillary can get people to pay her $200,000 to drone at the True Believers for a hour, good for her. At least they’ll be ponying up the dough voluntarily, as opposed to the rest of us poor sods who’ve had to bankroll her globetrotting and pontificating against our will.

  10. Dale: if you read my Outlaw essays — and the subsequent essays I’ve written about the “ruling class vs the rest of us” and “losing more slowly” — I’d say yeah, he has indeed articulated the precepts of full-bore outlawism. Far better than I ever could, too.

    God bless him.

    Unfortunately, this makes him a racist. And will probably get him in trouble with the law in LA. So.

  11. Jeff: I can hear Jen Rubin and Hugh Hewitt taking the caps off their red pens, muttering “unhelpful, unhelpful.”

  12. codevilla

    After the leadership’s electoral disaster of 2012 and its subsequent pathetic fecklessness the only vision of a possible future in Republican ranks – the only programmatic and organizational coherence –was among the Party’s dissident majority in the House and dissident minority in the Senate. By 2013 it was less meaningful to ask what the leadership would do with the dissidents than what the dissidents would do with the leadership. The answer seemed to be: increasingly to ignore it, to go one’s own way; more and more, to go along with conscience and with voters.

    Rand Paul cuts the feds a giant check, literally

  13. last time clotty clotty tater head ran for president she lost

    but this next time she’ll have all the monies

    And we saw how well that worked out for Mitt (Second Time’s the Charm) Romney, didn’t we?

  14. dear leader is as prescient as john effin’ kerry

    Obama: Helping the Rich is the Only Thing ‘Binding’ GOP Together

  15. How much do you think Hillary could have charged if she hadn’t been such a spectacular failure?

  16. levin is reading codevilla’s article tonite

  17. My husband is convinced Hillary will run but I have two thoughts on this:

    1) she’s not terribly healthy


    2) if she goes on a bunch of speaking tours, she’s gonna open her mouth and ruin her chances. Her best bet is to lay low for the next year or two and hope people forget her role in the Obama administration as things internationally blow up.

  18. Once again, however, Levin walks up to the line and halts, albeit issuing a severe warning to the ruling class Republicans. Which warning, of course, we understand even now the ruling class Republicans are committed to ignore. Little by little, Levin moves in our direction, preparing himself — despite his prediction just last night that any “third party” electoral attempt is foredoomed to years if not decades of failure (where as here, Codevilla understands there is simply no “second” party) — Levin must by the militancy of Codevilla’s argument eventually arrive where we already stand.

  19. Mr. Levin is an optimist if he thinks that there will be much left after a couple more decades of this. The real fly in the ointment is going to be that there was always someone (e.g., the US) to help pick up the pieces when things utterly fell apart somewhere else. Who’s going to do that for us?

  20. The country class as Codevilla conceives it looks to be a powerful member of a duopsony in which one buyer (the ruling class adherents) have a market choice and the other, the aforementioned country class has none.

    So creating that choice in a representative party is the task. Whether this can be more readily or efficiently done through the displacement of the ruling class members from the Republican Party as it stands — taking it over — or whether this can be done the better and quicker by beginning (semi) from scratch (only semi because of the presence on the scene of the Tea Party) to build another new party fully concordant with the political opinions now unrepresented, is the question. And so far as I can see in regard to the salvage of the nation, the most serious question at hand.

    For without this change in representation, no change in the catastrophic circumstances of the national fiscal disaster can be expected to come about.

  21. The disaffected Whigs moved to the Free Soil party (and also the Know-Nothings, I believe) before the Republican Party finally replaced the Whigs.

    Perhaps the TEA Party will be the Free Soil to today’s GOP Whigs.

  22. I’ve been feeling disaffected for quite some time now. And the Democrats who fall right in line to support the ‘Ruling Class’, hoping for a few discarded favors?

    Here’s hoping their chains chafe blisters that never heal. Seriously.

  23. How well would the simple history of the genesis of those parties suit to guide us though DarthLevin? I don’t mean to say knowledge of that history is useless, or wouldn’t be worth knowing for its own sake, nor to rule out the possibility that there may be elements of the history which can teach us some of the alternatives inherent in our own predicament, but to ask whether, working at our own grasp of this our current situation, we can’t find a logic to guide us to the fundamental alternatives in the absence of such a historical knowledge? I dunno . . . . . . just mulling.

  24. It’s lucky for me I just finished off my bottle of cheap Scotch, because otherwise my complete inability to follow sdferr’s comment would have me wondering if I’d just had a mini-stroke.

    I’ll try it again in the morning. Hangovers hurt, but they don’t interfere (as much) with my reading comprehension.

  25. Put simply: is history necessary to see our way through to the creation of new (fit) parties? Or can’t we just do it by thinking about it?

  26. The Whigs split over the issue of slavery. Plus ça change…

    The last Whig President (Millard Fillmore) left office in 1853. The first Republican President (Lincoln, of course) took office in 1861.

    It didn’t take very long even in the 19th century. With modern communications it could happen much quicker.

  27. Put simply: is history necessary to see our way through to the creation of new (fit) parties? Or can’t we just do it by thinking about it?

    Necessary? I imagine not.

    It probably would save about 98% of the work though. Reinventing the wheel is a thing because the wheel has already been invented.

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  30. Reinventing the wheel wasn’t what I had in mind, obviously. But wouldn’t we possibly endanger any effort to build a new political party should we simply approach an historical account of a past party-building era (and whose historical account!?) as though it were a formal template upon which to proceed, without sufficient examination of the current conditions, simply on their own terms (as an example of the worst sort of use to which history can be put)?

    Of course, it isn’t possible to know whether there are useful lessons contained in the particular historical events without having studied them to see what’s there. Yet even if there do happen to be applicable guidelines, recognizing these will depend on our grasp of the appropriate categories through which to define the salient similarities of the two times, so to choose those elements which do apply and leave aside those which don’t.

    On the other hand, I think there is a sense in which we are necessitated by history, to the extent we’re already aware of some of it and can’t exactly unlearn that (so may be applying historical knowledge of one form or another even as we’re unaware we’re doing so, say); are in fact in need of historical studies — without which we’ve no means to grasp the current situation: as for instance, studying the political foundation of the nation and intentions of those who crafted it in order to see where we stand as we aim to recapture that; and more.

    While the question seemed simple, the implications are not so.

  31. I find that when I’m setting out to do something I haven’t done before, the first thing I want to do is learn all I can about how it’s been done before. What I don’t find applicable to the particular project, I discard — if I’m driving the Alaska Highway there isn’t a lot to be applied to the task from reading extensive detail about its construction (however fascinating I might find the reading) — but if I’m building a road from scratch through a trackless wilderness the construction of the Alaska Highway will be more useful information than the latest issue of The Milepost.

    Yet it’s entirely possible that once I have begun either pursuit I might find that something I didn’t consider directly relevant would have been useful to know after all, because I couldn’t foresee the future.

  32. Right, sure. But again, we begin with consideration of our object (after determining that we have an object, heh), and hopefully, consideration of the principles (or standards) we’re going to use to guide our selection of relevancies and rejection of irrelevancies. As regards the aims. Anyhow, just mulling, as said.

  33. It all goes back to how God knew that letting there be light would make anything worthwhile happen, I guess.

  34. Well . . . . perhaps Machiavelli would have a contrary thing or two to say about that.

  35. I think the jury might be out on whether anything worthwhile has happened yet.

  36. Heh. (Machiavelli only thought God didn’t know anything worth knowing, the silly Florentine.)