I don’t know much about the agenda of the authors of this Politico piece entitled “Wall Street Republicans’ dark secret: Hillary Clinton 2016.” I’m going to assume they have one, though, and that it’s not to help the 2016 Republican candidate, whoever he/she may be.
It’s a fascinating article, with its innuendos that Wall Street Republicans secretly support Hillary Clinton, and its lack of actual evidence that they do. The goal (I would guess) is to further the discord and split in the Republican Party between the conservatives and the RINOs, a canyon that is already Grand-sized as it is.
The idea of the piece is that the big money donors are unhappy with Tea Party candidates, and that if they can’t get their guy—Jeb Bush—in, they’ll lie back and let Hillary cruise to victory because they don’t mind her all that much.
Perhaps that’s even true, and if so not really much of a surprise.
To me the most interesting thing about the article is its downplaying—amounting to almost no mention at all—of Scott Walker as a possible GOP candidate. He’s given less time in the piece than Christie, Bush, Cruz, Rubin, and even Kasich, although I see Walker as very much in the 2016 game.
This isn’t true just of this particular article, either. I’ve noticed it time and again in almost everything I read about the 2016 possibilities. Unless the piece is explicitly about Walker (such as, for example, this recent NY Times article that focused on some old and supposedly racially controversial emails exchanged by a couple of Walker’s staffers, or this one from February that stirred the email pot as well), he is ignored, pooh-poohed, played down, and considered basically irrelevant.
Except, of course, for the fact that he is sometimes attacked. After all, the email bit worked against Christie, so why couldn’t the same work to discredit Walker, just in case?
But my guess is that Democrats fear Walker more than they let on. That’s why their m.o. is to give the basic message of “run along now; nothing here to see,” combined with “and furthermore, he’s a corrupt racist who, by the way, never graduated from college because he either dropped out or was forced out.”
As for those (unnamed) Wall Street Republicans featured in the Politico piece, my guess is that for most people on Wall Street, politics is about what you’ve done for me lately or might do for me in the future rather than any other principle.