WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 — How much longer will the Wall Street wire-pullers of the Republican Party and the neocon media voices of the conservative establishment play their games without attracting public attention?
Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia?
How long, O Catiline, will you abuse our patience? And for how long will that madness of yours mock us? To what end will your unbridled audacity hurl itself?
These sonorous first three lines of Cicero’s orations against Catiline, which I was required to memorize in high school Latin, came immediately to mind as I read the following text in Politico yesterday:
THE WALL STREET PRIMARY — “Wall Street Republicans’ dark secret: Hillary 2016,” by Ben White and Maggie Haberman, in N.Y.: “Two dozen interviews about the 2016 race with unaligned GOP donors, financial executives and their Washington lobbyists turned up a consistent … consolation candidate if [Jeb] Bush demurs, … Chris Christie doesn’t recover politically and no other establishment favorite gets nominated: Hillary Clinton. Most donors and Wall Street titans have not lined up with any candidate yet, waiting for the field to take shape after the midterms. But if Bush doesn’t run, the list of Republican saviors could be short. Some donors fear Christie will never overcome the Bridgegate scandal. Rep. Paul Ryan … so far seems more inclined to stay in the House … And to varying degrees, … Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio … are either unknown or untrusted.
“The darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky would be Clinton, a familiar face on Wall Street following her tenure as a New York senator with relatively moderate views on taxation and financial regulation. … [T]he private consensus is similar to what Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said to POLITICO late last year when he praised both Christie — before the bridge scandal — and Clinton. ‘I very much was supportive of Hillary Clinton the last go-round,’ he said. ‘I held fundraisers for her.’ …
If Cicero’s nemesis Catiline confined his subversive activities to nocturnal meetings then our “moderate” Republicans lay their plans out in the open. They make no secret of what they are about, although for the first time they are now boldly assertive about their attempt to control the Republican presidential nominating process and their willingness to throw their support to Hillary Clinton if they fail to get what they want from the GOP.
What these moneybags seek is their own Republican presidential candidate, that is, a centrist leaning left on social questions who can be counted on to surround himself with the right sorts of advisers and who will carry out the policies dictated by influential East Coast fundraisers.
These bullies have a powerful hand, including the at least tacit support of the neocon media. They are also, not incidentally, in sync with the media tycoon, Rupert Murdoch, who has been a fervent Hillary Clinton backer and who has donated to her previous campaigns. Like the neoconservatives whom he generously sponsors, Murdoch combines generally leftist social views with an emphasis on the urgent need to make the world over to look more like the liberal America he has been working for on this continent.
It is likely that neocon negotiators, including Murdoch, have already begun to bargain for influence with Ms. Clinton and her inner circle.
If the unlikely happens and the wrong presidential candidate gets through the GOP primaries, then we can count on the Murdoch media empire showing enthusiastic interest in candidate Hillary and discovering in this lady past accomplishments that Murdoch’s employees were not aware of until it became necessary to manufacture them.
Needless to say, I wouldn’t give the scorned candidates of the Wall Street nomenklatura even a sliver of a chance of winning the presidential nomination.