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Politico: Wall Street May Back Hillary if Rand Paul Gets the Nomination

Wall Street Republicans' dark secret: Hillary Clinton 2016
By Ben White and Maggie Haberman
April 28, 2014 | Politico

NEW YORK — The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP’s old establishment base from its rising populist wing.

The second most popular game is guessing what happens if Jeb says no.

Two dozen interviews about the 2016 race with unaligned GOP donors, financial executives and their Washington lobbyists turned up a consistent — and unusual — consolation candidate if Bush demurs, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t recover politically and no other establishment favorite gets nominated: Hillary Clinton.

Most donors and Wall Street titans have not lined up with any candidate yet, waiting for the field to take shape after the midterms. But if Bush doesn’t run, the list of Republican saviors could be short. Some donors fear Christie will never overcome the Bridgegate scandal. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin so far seems more inclined to stay in the House than to run for president. And to varying degrees, other candidates — such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio — are either unknown or untrusted.

The darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky would be Clinton, a familiar face on Wall Street following her tenure as a New York senator with relatively moderate views on taxation and financial regulation.


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GOP supports Hillary over Rand Paull

Look on the bright side...

NOBODY can possibly assert with a straight face that the GOP is the taxpayer's friend any longer, and nobody could possibly assert that the Democrats is the friend of the "working class" any longer

Both of those babies, myths of the New Deal era from a lifetime ago, will have been put to bed, no matter who wins-Hillary, or Rand Paul!

The "mainstream" GOP would have, in the two years before 2016, supported the one public figure that exemplifies, practically embodies-big government progressivism. The Green lobby, the United Nations and World Government, feminism and government-backed female privilege, "Publikk Skoolz" lunacy and "common core", with government nanny state extensions to ever younger babyhood and infancy, government regulation of mealtimes, bedtime, and internet watching run amok, and so on...Hillary's hippo sized footprints are EVERYWHERE! I hope that she-and they- would be grateful to her new "supporters".

This would be especially illuminating since nobody could really call Rand Paul, as opposed to his father, an "extremist" or a "purist" in any way. Rand Paul, both as a candidate and as a Senator, took every opportunity to compromise with and conciliate "moderates" in the media and GOP. He, unlike his father, acquiesced to the endless imperialism and warmongering of the neocon mainstream, he was far more flexible on foreign aid questions, e.g. cessation of aid for Palestinians until they acknowledged "Israel's right to exist" with no reciprocal demand on the part of Israel acknowledging the right of a Palestinian nation "to exist", and full civil and legal rights enjoyed by every Jewish Israeli extended to Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank. No reciprocity there!

The GOP, as opposed to the Party of Hillary, is the taxpayer's friend. They support "deregulation of business", No bailouts for banks, right? We all know how the GOP mainstream supports "Constitutionally limited government", and a balanced Federal budget, don't they? LMAO!!

Let the GOP mainsream support Hillary! That will be quite an education for Republican voters and (small) donors around the country!

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

Was this ever actually in

Was this ever actually in doubt?

When this happens just be sure to let all of your leftie friends know who the corporatists are throwing their weight behind and who terrifies them.

No, really?


No more printing press for Wall Street if Rand wins?

Southern Agrarian

Really? Really?



Southern Agrarian

Ain't politics

Ain't politics fascinating?

It's a continuation of the political realignment. New left vs right is elites vs populists. Rand needs to woo the populist left by making it safe for them to support him over the elitist Hillary. He does so by distancing himself from the neocons (which he's doing fairly well) as well as distancing himself from the far right theo-conservatives (which he's not done well yet) and by painting a way to a positive, not negative future for America - one that promises a return to the rule of law.

Hillary is the 2016 Goliath but Rand is positioned better than any other GOPer to take her down. Bush would lose badly and Christie even worse.

Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you. Fortune Cookie

We've got to let the progressive know about this

Clinton isn't progressive she is establishment. We should try to get Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders to win the democrat ticket. At least they are genuine idiots.

Meanwhile I think our battle is more about the Bushs of the world and the Ted Cruz's who come from the right. Lord help us. What I always ask myself is how so many people can't see what is obviously fake and what is obviously genuine.

Of course they will

They want who will do their bidding expeditiously.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Rand Paul vs Wife of Bill

Wall Street will look to fund both in order to win regardless of the outcome.

Yeah, the Wife of Bill is no bleeding heart liberal although she plays the card well. In reality she is a ruthless, power-drunk... power-broker who is bought Lock, Stock and Barrel by the highest bidder. She is perfect for Wall Street.

I commented in another thread that Rand should pull himself closer to Silicon Valley and the Peter Thiels of the world. It is much better to be aligned with a productive entrepreneur base than a parasitic Wall Street base from the old bastions of power.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo