Inside the Secret List of Demands Warren Gave Hillary

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    The Massachusetts senator pressured Clinton to stock her administration with officials very different than Obama’s team.

    Elizabeth Warren had a list for Hillary.

    In December 2014, Clinton’s team began worrying that Warren was reconsidering a presidential run and arranged a meeting between the two principals at Clinton’s home in Washington.

    Warren came in “aggressive” and “firing on all cylinders” catching Clinton off guard, said a Clinton official familiar with the meeting. She pressed Clinton to commit to not appointing Wall Street-friendly people to her administration, as Warren felt Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had done.

    After the meeting, Warren sent Clinton a list of people she wanted the campaign team to consult on economic policy in order to broaden their horizons beyond people like Robert Rubin and Michael Froman, high-ranking officials in the Bill Clinton and Obama administrations who had also worked at Citigroup.

    The list, recompiled by POLITICO based on the accounts of those involved, included a hodgepodge of sometimes obscure liberal academics and economists including MIT’s Simon Johnson, UConn’s James Kwak, Columbia’s Joseph Stiglitz, Vanderbilt’s Ganesh Sitaraman (policy director for Warren’s 2012 campaign), University of Chicago’s Amir Sufi, U.C. Irvine’s Katie Porter and Vermont Law School’s Jennifer Taub. The progressive think-tank types included Demos’ Heather McGhee; public servants who had clashed with the Obama administration included former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chair Sheila Bair and longtime Senate aide Elise Bean. AFL-CIO policy director Damon Silvers represented unions.

    The common thread among most of the names: They had been critical of the Obama administration’s response to the financial crisis, as Warren had.

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    David the Gnome
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    Hi jonlp,

    As history suggests, she chose the wrong horse.  Had she thrown here support behind Bernie, the world might be a much different place today.


    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
    - John F. Kennedy

    "In a Time of Universal Deceit - Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act."
    - George Orwell

    "They must find it difficult ... Those who have taken authority as the truth,
    Rather than truth as the authority."
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  • #241747

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    Nope.  And I can picture Hillary laughing merrily.

    I will not vote for a Vichy Dem. Period. As always, I decide who is a Vichy Dem.

    Bernie's ISSUES or Bust!

  • #241757

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    Whatsamatta, @djean111 ?

    You mean you don’t find Hillary’s laughter to be sweet and endearing?

    Two things could’ve been potential game-changers in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries:

    1. A Sanders endorsement from Elizabeth Warren

    2. A fair counting of ballots in the California primary

  • #241767

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    Not to mention the evil BS in Nevada

    The human race has few (if any) problems that couldn’t be solved by massive wealth.  And we’re literally surrounded by it, like a fly in amber.  Now if we only had brains… —Ben Bova

  • #241773

    The Red Menace
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    Yeah like Clinton would have held to that. Jesus. Is Warren so naive?

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    Good point, @twilightsporkle !

    If I remember correctly, Obama originally promised the Secretary of State position to John Kerry but had to renege and give it to Lady Klynton Kissinger-Sachs instead. Dog only knows what sort of leverage she used to achieve that switch.

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      The Red Menace
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      You don’t know?

      Clinton was going to sabotage the election if she didn’t get what she wanted out of Obama.

      For starters, Clinton loyalists held all the money in the democratic party at the time. She couldn’t make them turn off the tap to the Obama campaign, but she could get them to misallocate and spend poorly, and influence the funding for down-ticket candidates to make Obama’s election look like a weird fluke instead of a mandate.

      Second, you’ve got the PUMAs. remember them, “Party Unity My Ass”? They were not a grassroots pro-Clinton movement. It was an astroturfed agenda that clinton could turn on or off to pressure Obama – and she used it exactly like that. The PUMAs vanished almost entirely once she got obama to pay her campaign bills and give her free run of the State Department.

      Third, endorsement; it would be awfully easy to see Hillary Clinton endorsing John McCain, don’t you think? She actually did endorse his foreign policy over Obama’s during the primary, after all. And since her fan club seems to be really easily swayed by random-ass Hollywood endorsements, imagine if Her Herness went to bat for McCain; they would, too.

      Basically even though she’d lost the primary by April, she still had plenty of power that could make it so that obama lost in November, and she leveraged that to squeeze a laundry list of concessions out of Obama.

      And had he reneged? Well I dunno, I think she was just counting on his aw shucks honest abe persona… which let’s be fair, really did seem to be genuine for the first couple months of his administration.

      edit; Your video just loaded for me, so… uh. Yeah, there’s an idea for what would have happened if he’d gone back on their deal, I guess. Yikes. To be honest a whole lot of us were holding our breath waiting for that “lone wolf gunman” news story to pop up…

  • #241781

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    Hillary McCarthy would never have had Warren’s choices in her administration. She most likely made a deal with Warren just to get her to not run, but once in the WH, all bets would have been off and Wall St. whores would have been chosen. Warren was duped.

    It also says something about Warren when she trusts someone like McCarthy and screws over the nicest person on the planet, Bernie.

    Look who the wench chose for VP. Seriously. Could she have picked anyone further to the right without choosing from the Repub party itself?

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