Given the subject matter, none of them can be called nice:
- All of the ‘careful what you wish for Democrats, this could backfire’ pundit talk just shows how little the pundit class understands Democratic voters. Very few of them are going to feel bad if some major Democratic donor goes down over this–many will be glad that a(nother) corrupt jackass was removed from power. Regarding Clinton, some might feel sad, but he’s just not that popular these days, especially among non-boomer voters.
- Speaking of Clinton, I don’t think he did anything illegal regarding Epstein. He probably enjoyed the eye candy, but his venality is underestimated and his randiness is overestimated. He was cozying up to Epstein for the money (foundation and contributions for his wife).
- The smartest take, and which explains some of the things that didn’t make sense, about Epstein I have found is here. In short, some (maybe much) of his ‘exclusive’ hedge fund money has been raised through extortion (and after which he probably provides additional services). Being a high-end pimp/extortionist can make you millions, but not the kind of money that allows you to drop tens of millions of dollars of charitable donations on a whim. Extortion is also pretty dangerous and risky, given his targets. But saying, ‘give me money in the form of a hedge fund contribution, and your problems will go away’ makes it easy to accept bribes (and the rich people actually get some earnings in return, though not as much as they would have if they had kept it themselves).
- I think the link above doesn’t take into account that some rich people probably sought him out willingly due common…interests, and use the hedge fund for payment of services. Doesn’t mean that Epstein wouldn’t have made some insurance video of his willing accomplices though.
- This whole criminal enterprise is much smaller, or perhaps even non-existent, if all of these fuckers paid much more in taxes. This is (one of) the seamy side(s) of extreme wealth.
- I have no idea if Trump is involved; moreover, I’m under no illusions that, even if there were hard evidence, that the Department of Justice led by Attorney General William Barr would do anything with it. Also, Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan DA, needs to go down for being lenient on Epstein.