Glenn Greenwald On Hillary Clinton: "Soulless, Principle-Free, Power Hungry..."

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

One attribute I like most about Glenn Greenwald is that he never pulls punches. One of his most prescient and cutting political lines came earlier this year when he made some observations on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, in which two status quo, corrupt, bloodthirsty con-artists will compete for the Oval Office. While we don’t yet know which crony the GOP will put up, Hillary is pretty much a foregone conclusion for the Democrats. Greenwald observed:

Hillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle. She’s a fucking hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere. But she’s going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be completely invested in her candidacy. Opposition to her is going to be depicted as misogynistic, like opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist. It’s going to be this completely symbolic messaging that’s going to overshadow the fact that she’ll do nothing but continue everything in pursuit of her own power. They’ll probably have a gay person after Hillary who’s just going to do the same thing.

You can read that and more in the post: Glenn Greenwald on the 2016 Elections – “They’ll Probably Have a Gay Person After Hillary.”

Well Greenwald is back, and this time he outlines exactly who’s excited about Hillary’s forthcoming run for the Presidency. Here are some excerpts from the Intercept:

It’s easy to strike a pose of cynicism when contemplating Hillary Clinton’s inevitable (and terribly imminent) presidential campaign. As a drearily soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones, she’s about as banal of an American politician as it gets. One of the few unique aspects to her, perhaps the only one, is how the genuinely inspiring gender milestone of her election will (following the Obama model) be exploited to obscure her primary role as guardian of the status quo.


But one shouldn’t be so jaded. There is genuine and intense excitement over the prospect of (another) Clinton presidency. Many significant American factions regard her elevation to the Oval Office as an opportunity for rejuvenation, as a stirring symbol of hope and change, as the vehicle for vital policy advances. Those increasingly inspired factions include:


Wall Street


Down on Wall Street they don’t believe (Clinton’s populist rhetoric) for a minute. While the finance industry does genuinely hate Warren, the big bankers love Clinton, and by and large they badly want her to be president. Many of the rich and powerful in the financial industry—among them, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, Tom Nides, a powerful vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, and the heads of JPMorganChase and Bank of America—consider Clinton a pragmatic problem-solver not prone to populist rhetoric. To them, she’s someone who gets the idea that we all benefit if Wall Street and American business thrive. What about her forays into fiery rhetoric? They dismiss it quickly as political maneuvers. None of them think she really means her populism.


The Israel Lobby


Let’s be clear. When it comes to Israel, there is no Bill Clinton 2.0. The former president is probably unique among presidents for the depth of his feeling for Israel and his willingness to put aside his own frustrations with certain aspects of Israel’s behavior, such as settlements. But this accommodation applies to Hillary too. Both Bill and Hillary are so enamored with the idea of Israel and its unique history that they are prone to make certain allowances for the reality of Israel’s behavior, such as the continuing construction of settlements.


Interventionists (i.e., war zealots)


“I feel comfortable with her on foreign policy,” Mr. Kagan said, adding that the next step after Mr. Obama’s more realist approach “could theoretically be whatever Hillary brings to the table” if elected president. “If she pursues a policy which we think she will pursue,” he added, “it’s something that might have been called neocon, but clearly her supporters are not going to call it that; they are going to call it something else.”

Like what, the “Mook Mafia” platform? (you’ll catch that reference later on).

Old school neocons


After nearly a decade in the political wilderness, the neoconservative movement is back. . . . Even as they castigate Mr. Obama, the neocons may be preparing a more brazen feat: aligning themselves with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her nascent presidential campaign, in a bid to return to the driver’s seat of American foreign policy. . . .


Other neocons have followed [Robert] Kagan’s careful centrism and respect for Mrs. Clinton. Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, noted in The New Republic this year that “it is clear that in administration councils she was a principled voice for a strong stand on controversial issues, whether supporting the Afghan surge or the intervention in Libya.”


It’s easy to imagine Mrs. Clinton’s making room for the neocons in her administration. No one could charge her with being weak on national security with the likes of Robert Kagan on board. . . . Far from ending, then, the neocon odyssey is about to continue. In 1972, Robert L. Bartley, the editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal and a man who championed the early neocon stalwarts, shrewdly diagnosed the movement as representing “something of a swing group between the two major parties.” Despite the partisan battles of the early 2000s, it is remarkable how very little has changed.

There’s quite a bit more to the post, which I suggest reading in full.

If for some strange reason that isn’t enough to get you jazzed up for oligarch-coddler Hillary Clinton’s campaign, perhaps some insight into the people who might run her presidential bid will change your mind. They refer to themselves as the “Mook Mafia,” and it’s basically a couple of power thirsty adolescents. Some of their emails were leaked to ABC News:

For the past five years, a prominent Democratic operative who is a leading contender to manage a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has maintained a private email listserv for friends and associates that carries a provocative name: the “Mook Mafia.”


The listserv, which one member said reaches more than 150 fellow campaign veterans, has been a means for Robby Mook and a close friend Marlon Marshall to stay connected with many of the operatives who would likely populate a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016. Mook and Marshall have both been mentioned as possible Hillary Clinton campaign managers.


“I know many of you are out there on campaigns, crushing it mafia style,” Marshall wrote. “We unfortunately didn’t do a call this year, but Robby and I wanted to start a chain to acknowledge many in our great family who have been out there busting their tails for all that is right in the world.


“We also wanted you to know that this years reunion will actually be held early next year, January or February, and likely in New York for a weekend. Apologies for the late notice and for not sending anything out on a reunion. Please believe there will be one. The planning committee has just been a tad busy!”


The email was signed “MM,” with Marshall adding a hashtag: #mafia4life.


In the more substantive messages, though, Marshall emerges as the more aggressive of the duo. Writing in January 2010 to urge fellow “mafia” members to work hard on behalf of Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley, Marshall offered “an overall big thank you to everyone on this list who continues to fight the good fight.”


“F U Republicans. Mafia till I die,” he wrote. “If you have just a few minutes, hop on that activate and punish those voters!” (“Activate” is an apparent reference to a software program allowing volunteers to contact targeted voters by phone from anywhere in the country.)


The following year, in confirming news that he would be taking a new job that would include a move to Chicago, Marshall offered special thanks to Mook.


“First, the mafia never separates, it just continues to grow and expand and move into other states in order to destroy Republicans,” he wrote. “A special thanks to none other than the namesake himself, Deacon Robby Mook. Without him, there would be no mafia and I for sure know I would not have learned as much as I have in this business and have this opportunity.”


Mook responded by announcing “mandatory” attendance at a goodbye party for Marshall at a Capitol Hill bar.


“It’s true: Marlon Marshall is leaving our fold. Today is the day the grownassman [sic] grows up and leaves for America’s Second City. I know this prodical [sic] son will return to the mafia manger soon enough to smite Republicans mafia-style,” Mook wrote.

You can’t make this stuff up. I don’t know about you, but…

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Peter Pan's picture

Why couldn't he just say "BITCH." ?

Peter Pan's picture

Not far wrong. America has been drunk with power for so long that it now looks just plain drunk and in the end it will put itself out of misery on her own. A sorry sight and a damned shame that a nation can derail itself so badly for the sake of just a few people and an evil agenda.

SAT 800's picture

An indictable criminal. with a long term criminal mentalit y.

SAT 800's picture

The 'Mook Mafia"; how utterly charming. I don't care if the they run Sarah Palin for president you better get out there and vote.

knukles's picture

Listen Up and Listen Good, Pilgrim
Sarah is smarter than Joe
Sarah is a straighter arrow than Hillbillary
She at least talks a good talk and looks good talking a good talk

And I'd betcha so far she would have told Vlad to fuck off while she actually grabbed his balls as squeezed as hard as she did the polar bear she wrestled to the ground.

Sarah is a Brilliant Saint by Comparison to Most Politicians

kaiserhoff's picture

I never had any strong opinions about Sarah, but this.

She is the one person who scares the ever loving shit out of the Dims.  They bitch and piss and moan, but mostly they just shake in their pink panties at the mention of her.


InjectTheVenom's picture

suck it Hillary ... DR BEN CARSON 2016 !

macholatte's picture




interesting choice of words. very 21st century & oh so PC.

but of course. it was the Clinton era that started/invented the compromise/degradation of principals and turned them into the whole PC thing.

in the old days we called it "corrupt" and it was a synonym for all things evil.



"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."

-- 1984


"A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage -- the political paradise of communism."


0b1knob's picture

A gay person AFTER Hillary?   Choomboy's been going to Men's Country on the down low for a LONG time.  He and his long time butt buddies Reggie Love and Rahm (it in) Emmanuel.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Satanic, not soulless...geesh softballs.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

The Hitlery "body count" is up to ~45 or more these days?

I predict it will be over 100 by 2016.

GetZeeGold's picture




Keep your head down Hillary!



She remembers doing lots of stuff...problem is....none of it ever happened.

DanDaley's picture

If she is married to "Biggus-dickus", she must be "Flatulentia".

DeadFred's picture

Why would anyone think she's different than the others? Reptilians are all alike. I traces back to the genetic bottleneck their race went through after they lost their first war with the Goa'uld.

mc225's picture

reptilians aren't all alike. to think that they are; it smacks of racism.

knukles's picture

I've been saying the exact same thing for a long time.  Even when golfing with some of my Progressive buds (Delusional, BTW thinking O is just doing a hunkie dory fine fucking job) they love to dwell on the lady, serious ad homenim attacks.
I've asked them why they're so bloody frightened of her.
Because they won't let it go.

They muffle and blunder about how dumb she is...
I ask why they've not answered the question.

And point out that she is smarter than Joe Biden.
Then they divert automatically to McCain
Point out that we weren't talking about McCain
Yada yada yada
No answer

They are terrified of her.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Come on guys, seriously? She is just another authoritarian neo con. What are the things we complain about most on here? The FED, the endless, pointless war fare and interventionist foreign policy, the govt spying and intrusion (she supports the patriot act, does she not?), the unconstitutional, expensive failure thatis the war on drugs. And she is against us on every single one of those issues. She is john McCain with a vagina.

kliguy38's picture

Nah....she's got the dick and he's got the vagina....that's what they're neocon overlords gave um

Son of Loki's picture

I heard Barry talk about his resounding loss on the radio. When asked about it he said, ”I’m going to represent those who did not go out to vote.”



WTF !?

sleigher's picture

That rationale should land him in a mental hospital.  Or in a casket...

dexter_morgan's picture

She's too good lookin for dems Knuckles. They like their fem pols as phugly as possible. Even fauxcohantas is on the border of not being phugly enough, I mean with all those Cherokee high cheekbones and all.

NihilistZero's picture

She's an air head cunt who quit her last job when it got to hard. ZH was better when it was full of antisemitism as opposed to GOP cocksuckers. A coherent argument for the Tribe's domination of finance can be made. Legitimate support of a Sarah Palin presidency requires unfettered stupidity or the mother of all acid trips.

OldPhart's picture

Not arguing the merits of Palin, but she'd definitely would coin a new term....'PILF'.

President I'd like to Fuck

piratepiet's picture

"coherent argument for the Tribe's domination of finance can be made"

Please make an attempt

NihilistZero's picture

I have a feeling my sentence structure led you to a false conclusion.  Option A is arguing the how and why the sons of Israel dominate international finance more than blacks dominate the NBA.  Option B is arguing that the GOP is America's path to salvation.  The former is a legitimate intellectual exercise.  The latter, not so much.

piratepiet's picture

An argument for dominance, as literally written in your earlier post, is NOT the same as an explanation of dominance, what you made of it in your reply to my reply here.  And  I do not necessarily agree with your ( suggested ) explanation. 

Anyways, thanks for clarifying. 

ArmchairRevolutionary's picture

Seriously, commentary on here was much better when some douche bag would see who could get the first comment "Gold Bitchez". Average ZH commenters have gone full retard. I used to get a few nuggets of wisdom reading the commentary; not so much anymore.

I have been wondering if there is a concerted effort to dumb down the commentary on ZH so as to make it irrelevent.

11b40's picture

No kidding. About 2 years ago, ZH was mentioned on Rush Dumbo's radio show. May be a coincidence, but quality of commentary has steadily declined....kind of like going from grad school back to 6th grade.

reset71's picture

"air head cunt" "ZH was better when it was full of antisemitism" You don't sound like a smart person.

As an independent/libertarian/has no party sort of person, the religious right scares me a lot less than the freaking communist left.

I understand that leftists are afraid of gays not being able to marry or abortion laws becoming stricter. I don't understand why that compells them to jump on the communist train. Centralized power (the kind Hillary espouses) is going to force a new religion on all of pretty soon (a completely controlled society, still engaging in wars of choice like Obummer is fond of), but for some sick reason, the leftists will just be really happy the religious right didn't get to maintain the status quo. 

Leraconteur's picture

Perhaps it is because she is power mad, a Feminist, and hates men.
You know that silly video of some JAP walking Manhattan, random men said ''Hello"", and she posted it as harassment?
It was a floater for Hillary's platform after she gets elected. 

That is what Hillary will be like. Obama went after non-Whites, Hillary will go after Men.

Looking at women, paying them a compliment, will be illegal.

You laugh - I am dead set serious. 

Rodham will make being a man all but illegal.

max2205's picture

Fuck political operatives of all parties.


These people just scare the hell out of me.


Are they high?

Who talks like this?!

juangrande's picture

If you want to know what's behind the persona of a politician, observe their kids. Tells you what you need to know about Sarah.

juangrande's picture

If you want to know what's behind the persona of a politician, observe their kids. Tells you what you need to know about Sarah.

mc225's picture

maybe you could post the cliff notes, for those of us not interested in watching sarah's kids?

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

She is nothing but a type of 'acceptable opposition' She exists, along with those like her, such as levin et al, to steer the argument along acceptable channels. They all agree on massive military spending, the patriot act (you'll notice they had no problem with all this domestic spying and surveillance when it was bush doing it), the existence and legitimacy of the fed, and an interventionist foreign policy. Where palin and the rest disagree with the dems is on nonsense, but safe nonsense that still gets people all fired up, especially social conservatives. So they can all have a big argument about abortion, gay marriage, and medical marijuana. And while all you rubes are picking your sides, your freedoms and prosperity are being siphoned away by the state both sides support

Socratic Dog's picture

Yup.  And you can replace "Palin" with any other political motherfucker in that.  The Ron Pauls are few and far between.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Ron Paul was my last hope. Now that he is out of the picture it is done for me. Hitlery is a psychopathic, power hungry bitch that will stop at nothing to come into her own. She will finish what Obama started and Team Girl will fall at her feet. Stupid sycophants make me sick. Crawling all over her for a chance of power.

Obama was simply kept to assure her victory. His bumbling will play into her perception of experience of " leadership". That ice queen will be Caligula to his Tiberius and this country is truly finished if she is elected.


gallistic's picture

"Team Girl will fall at her feet"

Spot on!

I am glad to hear a woman say it. I have been bashed and written off as "another misogynist oppressor" quite a few times for saying this simple truth.

I cannot begin to count the many times I have seen otherwise sharp, intelligent, educated professional ladies completely suspend their critical thinking and "fall at her feet". It is freakish, and taps into a deep seated meme that supersedes rational thought.

Electing a political monster just because she is a woman would be a fatal mistake.

Having a woman President is perfectly fine and well, just not the "ice queen (that) will be Caligula to his Tiberius".


TheReplacement's picture

That totally makes her marriage material.  As in, run her for President.  Even if she is stupid (highly doubtful) she shows absolutely no signs of being evil. 

ISEEIT's picture

I've never encountered a more venomous, more astonishingly malevolent herd reaction than that of the elitist response to Sarah. They went after her with a propaganda campaign unmatched since WW2. The intensity of the pathological hatred directed toward her and her family was, and remains comical.

Shitstain McCain picked her specifically to help drive voters into calniggula's trap.

Sarah Palin symbolizes everything the deranged left fears most, a loss of the narrative. Sarah reminds these sociopaths of Ronald Reagan. All Federal politics is a theater of the absurd (and increasingly dangerous) but society continues to transition into a leftist totalitarianism as long as the 'progressive' agenda remains alive.

MrButtoMcFarty's picture

Ronald Reagan had bigger chunks in his stool than Palin.


Jesus Christ....some nice tits and a smile and you fuckers are dumbstruck.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Soulless, priniple-free power hungry...


Enough of her better qualities

toady's picture

Describes EVERYONE in D.C.... even the crack whores.