In a 41-second video that's set to be released later this morning, the Republican National Committee is using a populist message to hit Hillary Clinton for "hypocrisy."
The video mainly features a snippet from a speech Clinton delivered on Wednesday, May 27, at the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council. "Because we're going to have to stand up to the people who want to keep the deck stacked in favor of those at the top. We're going to have to fight to make sure that the success of our country is shared across the economy," Clinton says in the RNC ad.
But as Clinton's speech is being played, the right side of the screen features a scroll of recent Clinton speaking fees received since Hillary Clinton left the State Department. $260,000 from Deutsche Bank AG. $280,000 from A&E Television Networks. $275,000 from Canada 2020. And so on.
"Hillary and Bill Clinton have earned $30,000,000 since Jan. 2014," the text on the screen then reads.
Hillary's voice is then heard saying, "And you know the statistic: something is wrong when top CEOs earn 300 times more than the typical American worker."
The RNC helpfully reminds viewers: "The Clintons are in the top 0.1%."
In the current issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, I have an editorial on the plight of Aaron and Melissa Klein—two Oregonians who used to own a bakery in a Portland suburb, who were run out of business and recently assessed a $135,000 fine for politely declining to provide a cake for a gay wedding. For background, please do read the whole thing. However, there's a pretty alarming lesson here about the selective nature of progressive tolerance that the editorial only touches on.
If you are a German and fancy Pegida, or a Brit and fancy UKIP, or a Frenchman and enjoy marching with the National Front, it’s a reasonable guess that you don’t like immigrants. If you’re an American, the story is different. There is a lady in the harbor to welcome the legal ones and a man in the White House to roll out the welcome mat for millions of illegal ones.
New York enjoyed a mid-season subway series last week with four games between the Mets and Yankees. Seeing the two teams play every year instead of once in a generation is one of the upsides of Major League Baseball’s recent experiment in inter-league play. But for the hometown TV audience, it means enduring grotesque public-service antismoking ads. New York State promotes nonsmoking by showing gory surgeries, rotting lungs, and a man struggling to breathe: “Dying from smoking is rarely quick . . .
On Sunday, Nevada’s Democratic senator Harry Reid said that taking away the Senate minority’s right to filibuster would be outrageous, and even criminal. “That contempt for the rule of law and the law of rules,” Reid said, “will set a new precedent—an illegal precedent—that will always remain on the pages of Senate history.” We should make clear that by “Sunday,” we mean Sunday, May 22, 2005. Back then, Reid’s party was in the minority in the Senate, and filibustering like mad in order to block George W. Bush’s judicial nominees.