Hillary Clinton has hired erstwhile Dem. Rep. and former presidential candidate Dick Gephardt as an economic adviser to her presidential campaign.
An interesting choice, considering that, in April, Gephardt signed on as a lobbyist for the coal industry to help “defeat efforts by democrats to put caps on carbon emissions,” in May, became a registered lobbyist for global investment monolith Goldman Sachs, and, just last month, joined the board of directors of EMBARQ, a telecom corp. whose CEO is deeply hostile to net neutrality.
All righty then. The best part about this move is how the Clinton campaign is trying to frame it as evidence that she’s not a corporate shill, but fights for the little guy—a repudiation of her husband’s free trade fandom. (And an attempt to out-Edwards John Edwards.) Gephardt may have led the charge against NAFTA lo those many years ago, but it was evidently to protect American corporations, not American workers. Color me unimpressed.
Now, if Clinton had hired Chrissy Gephardt instead of her dad, she’d have had my congratulations.
[Btw, sucking corporate dick is the one place where “both parties are the same”-ers will get no argument from me. The Democrats are shameful. And evidently shameless.]