iOS app Android app More
March 5, 2015

Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?

Taking on the moneyed interests is risky, especially when those interests have more economic and political power than at any time since the first Gilded Age. These interests are, after all, the main sources of campaign funding. But a failure to take them on prevents any real change in the prospects of the bottom 90 percent of Americans. It also robs the Democratic candidate of a potential public mandate to change the prevailing allocation of economic and political power -- no less dramatically than it was changed by Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson a century ago, marking the end of that Gilded Age. And a failure to take on the moneyed interests sacrifices the potential enthusiasm of millions of voters -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- who know the game is rigged, and who yearn for a leader with the strength and courage to un-rig it, and thereby give them and their children a fair chance.

THE WILD CARDS

Anthony Kennedy Portrait
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Latest Challenge Over 4 Words... 9.6 Million Could Lose Health Care...

U.S. Ambassador's Face Slashed In South Korea

Lippert Attacked
Kim Ju-Sung / Yonhap / AP

Suspect In Custody

Hillary: 'I Want The Public To See My Email'

Hillary Clinton
Paul Morigi via Getty Images

More Politics
Damning Report.. GOP Failure.. Perry Takes Too Much Credit.. Walker Story You Missed.. GOP Hopes

New Zealand Has Been Spying On Indonesia, Pacific Islands

Edward Snowden
FREDERICK FLORIN via Getty Images

More WorldPost
ISIS Mocked.. Future Of AI.. Ai Weiwei Escapes To Alcatraz!.. 'Boring And Repetitive'.. Fierce Clashes

REPORT: Christie Administration Let Exxon Off The Hook Big Time

Chris Christie
Bill Clark via Getty Images

Rikers Inmates Stop Prisoner From Raping Guard In Heroic Rescue

Rikers
New York State Department Of Corrections

More Crime
Mommy Blogger.. 'Baby Boxes'.. Cop Arrested For Soliciting Women.. Kids In Cage.. Adderall Arrest

Polls: Bibi's Popularity Rises After U.S. Speech

Netanyahu
ASSOCIATED PRESS

All Around The World, Girls Are Doing Much Better Than Boys In School

Girls In School
Robert Daly via Getty Images

Florida Deputy Shoots Unarmed Man While Serving Warrant

Derek Cruice
Facebook

Prominent Brits Urge UK To Decriminalize Drugs

Richard Branson
Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Firefighter Arrested After Allegedly Killing Dogs, Posting Photo Online

Conatser
Hunt County Jail

China Kicks Military Spending Into Overdrive

China Tanks
ASSOCIATED PRESS

New Obama Plan Aims To Help Millions Of Girls Attend School Worldwide

Let Girls Learn
Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

More Impact
Obama's Education Push.. Childhood Hunger On Rise.. Gates' Dinosaur Theory.. Ebola Risk

Video Shows Terrifying Moment When Bus Crashes Into 8 Cars

Bus Crash Eight Cars
WXYZ-TV

Dispatches From An Obamacare Slugfest

Supreme Court
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Man Can't Sue Applebee's For Getting Burned While Praying Over Fajitas

Steak Fajitas
Jupiterimages via Getty Images

Teacher Jailed For Showing Graphic Movie To Students

Sheila Kearns
ABC's Of Death

Ben Carson Apologizes For Saying Prisons Prove Being Gay Is A Choice

Ben Carson
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Etsy Files For $100 Million IPO, Doesn't Seem So Cutesy Anymore

Etsy
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Business
Big McDonald's News.. Marissa Mayer Is Wrong.. You Tell 'Em Kanye.. Forbes Yuck.. Whole Foods Fix

Australia Offers Last-Minute Prisoner Swap To Stop Indonesia Executions

Indonesia Executions
Ulet Ifansasti via Getty Images

Only 8.6 Percent?!

Voting
Blend Images - Hill Street Studios via Getty Images

Peyton Is Coming Back To Denver

Peyton Manning Denver
Rob Leiter via Getty Images

California Man Charged With Trying To Join ISIS

Islamic State Raqqa
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Patients Infected With 'Superbug' At Second Los Angeles Hospital

Cre Bacteria
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Another Storm Heads East

Map2
NOAA

2 Ways McDonald's 'Quick Fix' Antibiotics Move Falls Short

Mcds Chicken
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Beheaded Animals Found In Sacramento

Animals
CBS13

HBO May Be Teaming Up With Apple For New 'HBO Now' Streaming Service

Hbo
HBO

STUDY: Reducing Pollution Leads To Healthier Lungs For Children

Los Angeles Smog
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Iran's Foreign Minister: Nuclear Deal Could Be Close

Zarif
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nearly A Third Of Americans Say They Haven't Recovered From The Recession

Foreclosure Sign
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Senate Fails To Override Obama's Keystone Veto

Mcconnell
AP

House Committee Subpoenas Hillary's Private Emails

Hillary Clinton
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Story Gets Shadier... Clinton Camp Flips... Press Threatens Legal Action...

Parts Of Alabama Are Still Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Bama

FOLLOW HUFFPOST

    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    2. View all RSS feeds

Lion Opens Car Door At Safari Park; Family Loses It

Lion
YouTube

More Weird
Kentucky Smells.. Weed In Sour Cream.. Unsurprising DWI Arrest.. Man Fails To Steal Plane

FBI Encouraged This Informant To Sleep With Muslim Women For Intel

Craig Monteilh
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More HuffPost Live
'House Of Cards'.. Home Remedy For Skunk Stench.. Men On Miscarriages.. Snooty Beer Lovers

'Cute Mugshot Girl' Arrested AGAIN

Aleeshya
Raleigh Police

Neil Patrick Harris Doesn't Know If He Could Host The Oscars Again

Neil Patrick Harris
Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images

More Entertainment
True Crime Docs.. 'Community' Is Back.. JT & Jess.. Swift Love.. Britney Trouble.. JGL Snowden..

7 Ways To Make Running Feel Less Terrible

Make Running Fun
Stanislaw Pytel via Getty Images

More Healthy Living
Common Sleep Disorders.. Make Running Fun.. Sad Movies.. Best Part-Time Jobs.. Fear

The Inspiring Reason One 14-Year-Old Is Suing Her Middle School

Hannah Faughnan
WFTV

More Teen
How YouTubers Became The New Celebs.. Ansel Elgort's Mom Is Adorable.. Awesome '1989' Medley

This 7-Month-Old Was Thrown 25 Feet In A Car Crash. What Happened Next Amazed Everyone

Baby Thrown From Car
WHIO-TV

More Parents
Funny Tweets.. 8 Ways To Have An Informed Birth.. #Brelfies.. Glorious Vintage Photos.. No More Elsa

The Trick To Saving Money And Eating Healthier

Menu Planning
xubingruo via Getty Images

More Taste
20 Most Popular Beers.. America's Original Speakeasies.. Free Cone Day.. Best Babkas.. Pound Cakes

The Whole World Is Eating Too Much Sugar

Microsoft Co-Founder Says He's Found A Sunken WWII Warship

Musashi Paul Allen
Paul Allen

More Tech
Waze Amber Alerts.. Phone Battery Poll.. New BlackBerry.. Lenovo Investigated.. Google Cellular

The 5 Sweetest Candy Shops In The World

Dylans Candy Bar
Rob Kim via Getty Images

More Travel
Boston .. Disney World Tips.. Road Trip Throwback.. Cheapest Spots.. Free Paris.. What To Do In Cuba

'Walking Dead' Star Explains Why He Licks People

Norm
TBS

How Could This Great Crime Drama Go So Wrong?

Broadchurch
BBC America

More TV
'Empire'.. Craziest 'Game Of Thrones' Theories.. 'HoC'.. A 'Downton' Star Leaving?.. 'HTGAWM'.. 'Star Trek'

Naked People Dipped In Honey Make The Best Art, Don't You Think? (NSFW)

Nude

More Arts
Feminist African Artists.. Art World Sexism.. Zoetropes As Art.. Contemporary Ceramicists.. Puppets!

Watch The Gay 'Back To The Future' Scene You Didn't Know Existed

Back To The Future
YouTube

More Gay Voices
Youngest Same-Sex Kiss On TV.. The Dress Is Featured In Gay Erotic Novella.. RuPaul Opens Up

Adam Levine Was Pretty Perfect Meeting Shy Fan With Down Syndrome

Maroon 5
The Kane Show

Girl Feeds Backyard Birds And They Bring Her Kooky Gifts

Crows
BBC News

More Good News
NYPD Honors Girl.. Tiny Home, Giant Journey.. Final Salute For K-9.. Deputies Save Boy's Birthday

Surreal Videos Capture The Moments After A Plane Crash-Lands In Nepal

Netanyahu
Peter Lubeck

5 Job-Related Stressors That Are Slowly Killing You

Work Stress
Jupiterimages via Getty Images

6 Reasons Gray Hair Is White-Hot

Gray Hair
Peter Augustin via Getty Images

More Fifty
Warren Buffett's Secret To Long Life.. How To Retire Abroad.. Top Sex Toys.. Judi Dench.. Melanie Griffith

Kelly Clarkson Responds To Katie Hopkin's Cruel Weight Comments

Kelly Clarkson
Robin Marchant via Getty Images

More Celebrity
Taylor Swift & Co. .. Kate's Leather Look.. Helen Is Divine.. JT & Jessica.. Simpson's Short Shorts

The Inventor Of K-Cups Is Feeling Pretty Guilty Right Now

Keurig
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Green
Koch Brothers.. Pollution Fight.. Doggie Duo.. Eiffel Tower.. Chris Christie Deal.. Arctic Oil.. Flying Animal

The U.S. May Reinvestigate The Plane Crash That Killed Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jenna Jameson's Top 3 Ways Women Can Feel Sexy

Jenna Jameson
OWN

More OWN
Be Happier By Sunday.. Save Money On Groceries.. Liz Taylor's Topless Pics.. Super Fluffy Pancakes

Damian Lillard Plans To Graduate From College And Make Mom Proud

Damian Lillard
Thearon W. Henderson via Getty Images

More Sports
Schilling Schools Trolls.. Daughter's Touching Letter.. ESPN vs. Swaggy.. Steve Nash Hints At The End

Dramatic Rescue Shows That Sometimes Humans Do Right By Elephants

Elephant Rescued
Caters News

Gloria Steinem Wears A Clit-Shaped Ring Like A Boss

Gloria Steinem
Instagram

More Women
Classic Feminist Flicks.. Eating Disorder Myths.. What Comic Book Heroines SHOULD Look Like..

This College Pitcher's Wind-Up Is Completely Ridiculous

Lollar
Twitter: JDrumUK

'Cinderella' Star Lily James Comments On Waist Controversy

Cinderella
Disney/YouYube