Hillary speeches “sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director”

posted at 5:21 pm on February 9, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Hillary Clinton may posture as the Progressive’s Progressive, but when getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by Wall Street firms for her speeches, she “sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.” So say sources who attended those speeches and talked with Politico’s Ben White. Hillary couldn’t gush enough about their work, and had nothing critical to say about their operation, or Wall Street in general:

When Hillary Clinton spoke to Goldman Sachs executives and technology titans at a summit in Arizona in October of 2013, she spoke glowingly of the work the bank was doing raising capital and helping create jobs, according to people who saw her remarks.

Clinton, who received $225,000 for her appearance, praised the diversity of Goldman’s workforce and the prominent roles played by women at the blue-chip investment bank and the tech firms present at the event. She spent no time criticizing Goldman or Wall Street more broadly for its role in the 2008 financial crisis.

“It was pretty glowing about us,” one person who watched the event said. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”

Sources that attended other speeches do not recall much from them, only “small talk, chit-chat,” as one put it, also noting that Hillary emphasized that the banks didn’t deserve all the blame for the financial-sector meltdown. That calls into question why Goldman Sachs and other firms paid so much money to host Hillary at all. If she wasn’t cheerleading for the firm and only providing small talk and chit-chat, what exactly did their $250,000 or more buy them? The obvious answer was goodwill and access, especially since everyone understood that the Clintons were gearing up for another run at the White House. These firms wanted to have some pull with the eventual winner, and the Clintons were delighted to get personally rich off of that strategy.

That’s not illegal … but it’s hardly populist or progressive, either.

Expect to see more of these anecdotal recollections emerging as long as Bernie Sanders puts pressure on Hillary over her big Wall Street paydays.

The problem is, if Clinton releases the transcripts, Sanders and other progressive candidates could take even seemingly innocuous comments and make them sound as though Clinton is in the tank for Wall Street. And if she doesn’t, it makes her look like she has something very damaging to hide.

“One the one hand, if Clinton discloses these speech transcripts that’s not going to be the end of it,” said Dennis Kelleher, chief executive of financial reform group Better Markets. “I think you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t in this never ending game of gotcha. But as a political matter, she should probably just disclose it all and disclose it quickly.”

This is a petard by which Hillary has hoist herself, though. She wouldn’t necessarily have been damned if she had just remained consistent on her relationships with Wall Street and major financial institutions. Had Hillary chosen to do so, she could have run to Sanders’ right in defending major investment houses and banks, offering more effective regulation while decrying Sanders as an unrealistic nihilist. That would have meant perhaps surrendering part of the populist base, but it would have enhanced her credibility with the center-Left and independents that she will need in a general election — assuming she makes it that far.

Instead, Hillary has treated voters across the spectrum as too stupid to remember that she was a Senator from New York for eight years, and got that position by watching out for that constituency. The notion that she’s a crusader for anti-establishment progressivism is ludicrous, especially when it comes to Wall Street, from which the Clintons made tens of millions of dollars in speeches. That argument insults the intelligence of all but the most rabid of Clintonistas, and it explains much about why Hillary couldn’t seal the deal on Coronation 2.0 despite locking up almost all of the Democratic establishment far in advance of the primaries.


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Hillary Clinton may posture as the Progressive’s Progressive

Come on. This “lady” will posture as whatever it takes to be elected president.

dirtseller on February 9, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Go for it, libs, choose between this hugely diverse set of candidates you’re being offered by the demorats.

Bishop on February 9, 2016 at 5:29 PM

She is all over the map politically just like she was in 2008. Didn’t do her any good then either. She is tanking in almost all National polls against Sanders just like she did against obama in February 2008.

Oh and she won New Hampshire that year.

Johnnyreb on February 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM

anybody else enjoying the Hillary implosion?

DanMan on February 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM

anybody else enjoying the Hillary implosion?

DanMan on February 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM

I’m making more popcorn.

rbj on February 9, 2016 at 5:34 PM

“It was pretty glowing about us,” one person who watched the event said. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”

Missus Clinton is a greedy hog. It’s never enough for her and that sleazeball husband of hers. Those crooks can never get enough money, power, owed favors, etc. They’re disgusting.

Aizen on February 9, 2016 at 5:35 PM

That calls into question why Goldman Sachs and other firms paid so much money to host Hillary at all. If she wasn’t cheerleading for the firm and only providing small talk and chit-chat, what exactly did their $250,000 or more buy them?

$22 of that went to tialoc…….

VegasRick on February 9, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Hillary Schlonged herself for 2016.

Joe Mama on February 9, 2016 at 5:37 PM

anybody else enjoying the Hillary implosion?

DanMan on February 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM

In my view, Missus Clinton imploded long ago. It’s just that the media attempts to put Humpty Dumpty back together and it fails miserably every time it’s tried.

Aizen on February 9, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Hillary Schlonged herself for 2016.

Joe Mama on February 9, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Ewwwwww. Hitlery and schlong should never be used in the same sentence!

VegasRick on February 9, 2016 at 5:40 PM

In my view, Missus Clinton imploded long ago. It’s just that the media attempts to put Humpty Dumpty back together and it fails miserably every time it’s tried.

Aizen on February 9, 2016 at 5:38 PM

The fact that obozo got reelected scares the crap outta me in regards to her getting elected.

VegasRick on February 9, 2016 at 5:42 PM

Never bite the hand that gives you money.

The GOPe is almost as bad, if not equally bad.

The Rogue Tomato on February 9, 2016 at 5:43 PM

I hate Hillary more than I lke any remaining republican candidate; If I was in NH, I’d vote for Sanders.

Deafdog on February 9, 2016 at 5:45 PM

As long as there is a camera or microphone in the room, you will never see the true Hillary. Besides, Goldman Sachs didn’t pay Hillary to come in and tell them what a bunch of no good low life scumbag one percenters they are.

antipc on February 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Let’s put it in a way most dimocrats can understand, the skank’s in the tank for the banks.

Flange on February 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Never bite the hand that gives you money.

The GOPe is almost as bad, if not equally bad.

The Rogue Tomato on February 9, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Never trust any pol, for sure, but the press holds the GOPe accountable while Hillary gets a pass.

Deafdog on February 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

We need to dispel this myth that Hillary Clinton doesn’t know what she’s doing. She knows exactly what she’s doing.

Magicjava on February 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

The fact that obozo got reelected scares the crap outta me in regards to her getting elected.

VegasRick on February 9, 2016 at 5:42 PM

I think any GOP candidate can beat Missus Clinton in November. She’s unlikeable. If she is the nominee, she’ll be in the news constantly and people will get sick of her. All it will take for the GOP to win is a nominee who is likeable. Yes, even the supposedly hated Cruz could fill that role.

Aizen on February 9, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Hillary Schlonged herself for 2016.

New video at YouPorn. Hillary schlonging herself. Rating: .03%

Do. Not. Click.

Meremortal on February 9, 2016 at 6:02 PM

I wonder if she ever saw the Cruzes in the crowd, during those speeches.

cimbri on February 9, 2016 at 6:11 PM

One thing the Clinton’s count on is the STUPIDITY of their supporters.

GarandFan on February 9, 2016 at 6:11 PM

In my view, Missus Clinton imploded long ago. It’s just that the media attempts to put Humpty Dumpty back together and it fails miserably every time it’s tried.

Aizen on February 9, 2016 at 5:38 PM

They and the DNC keep trying.

If they had let Biden or Warren run, either one of them would be winning by huge margins.

But no, they decided to go with The Woman with 1001 Federal Felonies.

talkingpoints on February 9, 2016 at 6:19 PM

One thing the Clinton’s count on is the STUPIDITY of their supporters.

GarandFan on February 9, 2016 at 6:11 PM

See above.

Tlaloc on February 9, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

In my view, Missus Clinton imploded long ago. It’s just that the media attempts to put Humpty Dumpty back together and it fails miserably every time it’s tried.

Aizen on February 9, 2016 at 5:38 PM

They and the DNC keep trying.

If they had let Biden or Warren run, either one of them would be winning by huge margins.

But no, they decided to go with The Woman with 1001 Federal Felonies.

talkingpoints on February 9, 2016 at 6:19 PM

This all is proof positive that the DNC are nowhere near as “smart” as they would have their Cultists believe, and nowhere near as “smart” as they believe themselves to be.

That’s because if they were “smart”, they would have seen this train wreck coming a year or more ago.

Come to think of it, that same statement applies to Hillario! herself.

Del Dolemonte on February 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

No kidding. You mean someone doesn’t pay you $225K to come in and harangue them?

ghostwalker1 on February 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Bill is looking more and more like the Portrait of Dorian Grey in his evil, emaciated state, while Killary keeps getting more frumpish from her political eateries. Evil begets evil, and those two are peas in the same rotten pod.

vnvet on February 9, 2016 at 7:06 PM

“Nick: Hillary. That’s an unusual name.

Hillary: Its a German name. It means ‘she whose bosoms defy gravity’.”

Quote from wait, wait, Top Secret! (1984)

thelaststraw on February 9, 2016 at 8:06 PM

“Nick: Hillary. That’s an unusual name.

Hillary: Its a German name. It means ‘she whose bosoms defy gravity’.”

Quote from wait, wait, Top Secret! (1984)

thelaststraw on February 9, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Don’t be a tease. Give them the fully monty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P22gPwGuLa0

Younggod on February 10, 2016 at 3:01 AM

What a lovely turn of events this is. Dems having to hold their noses in the voting booth. Some of them would rather have a finger severed before pulling the lever for an R even if they thought they didn’t believe in or believed at all what she said.

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Suing for goodwill or access is illegal and accepting the payments is also illegal

federale86 on February 10, 2016 at 3:21 PM