What Clinton Should Say About Those Paid Speeches

At last night’s debate, Hillary Clinton took more fire about her lucrative speech gigs. I wonder if Clinton should own it in a different way:

It’s part of the comedy of my life that people are willing to pay $300,000 to hear me deliver a speech over lunch or whatever. Is this a bit ridiculous? Yeah, of course it is. It’s part of the comedy of my life as one of the most over-exposed famous people in the world. Of course the same is true of my husband and of some others who’ve been center-stage in American politics. I and Bill are incredibly blessed to have more than we need for our own wants and needs. Like President Obama, I’ve written best-selling books that made a lot of money. If Goldman Sachs or anyone else believes they can buy me with something like that, they are in for a rude surprise. We contribute much of our speaking fees to our foundation and to other good causes. Welcome to the craziness of life in America 2016.

It is what it is. She might as well hang a lantern on it. It is part of the mad comedy of contemporary American political life.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.