In, I’m guessing, four or five posts here at AB in the six weeks or so, since hedge fund billionaires Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer were profiled in two or three articles because they’re providing substantial funding to Trump’s campaign and for the last few months have served as his puppeteers—steering both his campaign and his fiscal and regulatory policy plans (and therefore whom he will nominate to the federal bench and to the relevant slew of administrative agency officials)—I’ve pleaded for some real attention to this from political news and commentary journalists.
And from Clinton and her campaign.
It’s finally happening. Clicking on the Washington Post site just now and seeing as featured article Matea Gold’s piece there today titled “The rise of GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer” had the feel of an out-of-body experience. I couldn’t believe it.
As I’ve said repeatedly in my references to this duo, their capture of the Trump campaign and fiscal and regulatory policy plans explains why so few Establishment Republicans (Paul Ryan, for example) are renouncing support of Trump.
Also as I’ve said repeatedly, all Clinton has to do to win the Rust Belt (and, I believe probably Florida, Nevada, Iowa and New Hampshire, too) is run a few ads apprising the public that Trump indeed has billionaire puppeteers—two of them. And exactly who they are and what they want. And where and how they live.
Clinton’s obsessive focus on Trump’s two most obviously scary traits—his dangerousness in foreign-policy matters and his alt-right mania—have been, in my opinion foreseeably, insufficient. Everyone already knows these things about Trump, which is why so many independents and moderate Republicans won’t vote for him. Incessantly reminding Republicans and independents of this, and repeatedly saying that these aspects of Trumpism isn’t traditionally Republican, gains her nothing, or close to nothing.
And presumably it was her fear of losing Republican support that caused her and her campaign to remain silent—throughout the summer and well into September—about Trump’s puppet-puppeteer relationship with billionaire far-right donors, and these two billionaire far-right and alt-right donors in particular. Wouldn’t wanna risk causing Meg Whitman to rescind her support for Clinton, I guess.
But now, finally, ridiculously belatedly … no more. I’m guessing that Gold’s piece today was prompted by a very legitimate request from the Clinton campaign. How legitimate? Can anyone really say in good faith that the public is not entitled to learn of this information through in-your-face political news media attention?
I’m thrilled. And I also want to say this: My main sources of news are the New York Times and the Washington Post; I have online subscriptions to both. And throughout this campaign season, dating back to the truly wonderful coverage of the Sanders campaign by the Post’s John Wagner and certainly continuing through the general-election campaign to date, the Post’s straight political and political-analysis reportage has been excellent, and the Times’ has been, in my opinion, subpar.
In any event, I sure welcome a finally-enlightened Clinton campaign. And some real news emphasis on the Mercers. Normally, when I read a commentary or a statement by a major pol, or some such, that appears to reflect a recent AB post of mine, I joke here that, say, “Obama reads Angry Bear!”, or the like. But this time I think maybe my posts here imploring Clinton and the news/commentary media to tell the public, very loudly, about the Mercers and their puppet/puppeteer role in the Trump campaign and what that would mean in a Trump administration.
I mean, who knows? Clinton’s taking a few (very entitled) sick days right now and maybe has happened upon this awesome blog called Angry Bear. If so, she should take up a related suggestion of mine: asking rhetorically what the Mercers think about Citizens United.
And about Citizens United. Which the Mercers apparently fund (as they do Brietbart). And whose founder and president for the past 16 years is now, at their suggestion, Trump’s deputy campaign manager. As a native Rust Belter I’m sorta thinkin’ that maybe some on-the-fence voters in the upper Midwest would like to know that. So tell them, Hillary Clinton.