Why Sen. Clinton Shouldn’t Be the Democratic Candidate in 2008

Here’s why Democrats should not nominate Sen. Clinton as the party standard bearer. As First Lady she fought to give divorced women priority in claiming assets if their ex-husbands filed for bankruptcy (this is a good thing). When she became a senator, her priorities changed [the excerpt is from the Two Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, pp. 125-126]:

This time freshman Senator Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the bill.

Had the bill been transformed to get rid of all those awful provisions that had so concerned First Lady Hillary Clinton? No. The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not…As New York’s newest senator, however, it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position. Campaigns cost money, and that money wasn’t coming from families in financial trouble. Senator Clinton received $140,000 in campaign contributions from banking industry executives in a single year, making her one of the top two recipients in the Senate. Big banks were now part of Senator Clinton’s constituency. She wanted their support, and they wanted hers–including a vote in favor of “that awful bill.”

The Mad Biologist: Once again, how do we expect to gain middle-class votes when we screw middle-class voters?

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