It won’t be much trouble. Never have the Clintons allowed their liberalism to interfere with the ability of the connected to make a buck. This is especially the case when the well-connected individual in question carries the surname “Clinton” or “Rodham.” From cow futures to land deals, the Lincoln bedroom, presidential pardons, Teneo, and Greentech automotive, the Clintons and their acolytes understand that all markets are political markets, that all business is transacted within a context of laws and regulations and networks that can be studied, designed, and altered. They don’t demean wealth. They just want to spread it around.
The global investment banks and multinational corporations do not mind. They are comfortable with such an arrangement not only because they can afford the lobbyists and political donations to protect them from harm, but also because their key executives are steeped in the bourgeois liberalism of the postmodern Democratic Party—not the lunch-pail unionism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), and Ed Schultz, but the rights-based moralism of Wendy Davis, Michael Bloomberg, and Rachel Maddow. What unifies the liberal elite is no longer a critical analysis of capitalism but a cultural disdain for whomever they place on “the wrong side of history.” The list is long.
The equanimity with which liberals reconcile wealth and politics is illustrated twice a week in the style section of the New York Times. Recently the “Thursday Styles” section published an excellent profile of Jonathan Levy, a 33-year-old digital marketer who lives in Manhattan “in the five-bedroom apartment where he grew up.” Twice a month Levy holds dinner parties “in which he gathers a dozen or so influential strangers to cook together and mingle.” Guests include MTV personalities, the Winkelvoss twins, a CBS executive, “publicists and managers of people like the model and actress Brooklyn Decker,” hedge funders, comics, and Fern Mallis, “a key figure in New York Fashion Week.” At one recent dinner “Kristin White, the former Princess Khaliya Aga Khan and now an angel investor, posed for photographs.” Say cheese.