In the notably leftist Guardian the notably progressive Thomas Frank reports on the contents of the John Podesta emails. No Tea Party patriot he. No Trump supporter either. My thanks to the several readers who sent links to this article.
Frank pictures a modern oligarchy, a privileged elite that cares mostly for its own perks and privileges, but not for much more. These people do not much care, Frank says, for what they can do for the country. They are much more concerned for what their country can do for them:
This genre of Podesta email, in which people try to arrange jobs for themselves or their kids, points us toward the most fundamental thing we know about the people at the top of this class: their loyalty to one another and the way it overrides everything else. Of course Hillary Clinton staffed her state department with investment bankers and then did speaking engagements for investment banks as soon as she was done at the state department. Of course she appears to think that any kind of bank reform should “come from the industry itself”. And of course no elite bankers were ever prosecuted by the Obama administration. Read these emails and you understand, with a start, that the people at the top tier of American life all know each other. They are all engaged in promoting one another’s careers, constantly.
Everything blurs into everything else in this world. The state department, the banks, Silicon Valley, the nonprofits, the “Global CEO Advisory Firm” that appears to have solicited donations for the Clinton Foundation. Executives here go from foundation to government to thinktank to startup. There are honors. Venture capital. Foundation grants. Endowed chairs. Advanced degrees. For them the door revolves. The friends all succeed. They break every boundary.
But the One Big Boundary remains. Yes, it’s all supposed to be a meritocracy. But if you aren’t part of this happy, prosperous in-group – if you don’t have John Podesta’s email address – you’re out.
And then, here, thanks to commenter IAC, is a surprising remark from reliable Democrat Chris Matthews:
If you like the way things are and the way they are heading in this country. If you’d like to continue the destruction of our manufacturing base and our jobs that went with it. If you like uncontrolled illegal immigration. If you like being involved in stupid wars from Iraq to Libya to Syria. If you want to say yes to all that and keep all this the way it is… vote for Hillary Clinton. If you don’t like the way things are heading, you’ve got a chance to shake this system to its roots.
[Reliable sources, including IAC have told me that the Matthews comments are a mix of different remarks he made in different places and are more an attempt to show the Trump team how to appeal to voters and are certainly not an endorsement!!]