Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ditties and dollars

Earlier this week we were being reminded of the "lyrical terrorist". Today Hillary Clinton repeats, "You campaign in poetry but you govern in prose." The reality is that cash is what counts in American campaigning. Both Obama and Clinton have raised a record-breaking $100m for their campaigns and Obama received another $0.5m after his narrow defeat in New Hampshire. One wonders whether $100m wouldn't be more than sufficient to ensure a double Clinton-Obama ticket but I suppose that is the point, Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton. Anyway, it's a relief that we don't run political campaigns like that over here. Far simpler to give donations and be rewarded a title or, in the case of Stuart Rose, get a title and then announce a profit warning.

4 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

Surely it can't be about money, WW. Gail Collins says so in The NY Times:
"On the other side, there’s the new Hillary Clinton, who bears a distinct resemblance to the old Hillary Clinton. “Over the last week I listened to you, and in the process I found my own voice,” she told her victory party Tuesday night. She then went on to give an extremely boring speech that began: “This campaign is about people.”"
You see, WW, it's about people. I knew it.
And yes, she is still married to Bill!

12:53 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Actually, do you know how generous donors are rewarded in the USA? Do they really get nothing in return? Maybe America has so many millionaires, they simply don't miss a few thousand dollars.

6:32 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi ED - maybe some Belgian chocolates would bring back some zip to her speeches.

Hi Ellee - I think big donors get government contracts or advisory positions in the White House

9:00 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Quite so.

10:40 pm  

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