Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) has criticized elderly homeowner and potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton for being a “20th-century candidate.” His heart may be in the right, but Rubio is wrong. The 66-year-old Clinton is not a 20th-century candidate; she is a 19th-century candidate straight out of the Gilded Age.
For example, Clinton’s personal fortune is so massive that she has trouble keeping track of all the money, and thinks struggling to buy two mansions is a sign of financial distress. She has pocketed at least $12 million since quitting her job as Secretary of State in 2013, and typically earns (at least) four times the median annual income for every one-hour speech to a group of financial executives.
The Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative rank up there with many some of the most influential organizations founded by the wealthiest barons of Gilded Age—Rockefeller, Carnegie, Mellon, Morgan, Vanderbilt, etc.—and have helped the Clinton’s establish a global empire unmatched by any other political dynasty.