It Is Time to Paraphrase Napoleon

For those who are not quite “Ready for Hillary,” my advice is to never interfere with the Clintons when they are in the process of destroying themselves:

Hillary Clinton’s multimillion dollar fortune has caused some negative headlines during the media tour for the release of her new book “Hard Choices,” which is widely seen as a prelude to a potential 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton responded to criticism of her wealth in an interview with the Guardian newspaper published Saturday night by suggesting Americans won’t be concerned about the more than $100 million her family has reportedly earned in recent years because they’re not “truly well off.”

“They don’t see me as part of the problem,” Clinton said of Americans who are upset about income inequality, adding, “Because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work.”

Clinton earned an $8 million advance for her 2003 book “Living History” and her publisher is rumored to have paid “significantly more” for “Hard Choices.” Additionally, Clinton reportedly earns $200,000 in speaking fees each time she makes a speech. Bill Clinton has reportedly made over $100 million in speaking fees since leaving office.

I could think of derisive commentary to offer, but really, what is the point? If the utterly delusional nature of this attempt to present Hillary Clinton as “just folks” isn’t enough to arouse scorn, then nothing I say or write will change the situation.

And then, there is this:

Hillary Clinton insists she isn’t “well-off” and now daughter Chelsea, according to a recent interview, claims she couldn’t care less about money.

“I was curious if I could care about (money) on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t,” she told Fast Company in an interview that ran in the magazine’s May edition, explaining why she gave up lucrative gigs to join her family’s philanthropic foundation.

Comparing her experience to the average millennial, the 34-year-old former first daughter defended jumping around to different careers — from consulting to a hedge fund to academia to journalism — before finding her true calling working with her parents.

In utterly non-shocking news, people who have lots and lots of money don’t care about money, while people who have very little money and struggle each day to get by care a rather great deal about money. Those in the former group usually don’t know how to relate to those in the latter group, and the Clintons are making it increasingly clear that they are not the exceptions to this particular rule.

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