If one listens to the remarks of Hillary Clinton, her campaign staff, and any spokesperson from the network of super PACs helping her challenge Bernie Sanders, it becomes clear they believe Clinton is a rare and special breed of politician. They think she is someone who cannot, has never been, and will never be corrupted by large sums of money given to her by corporate and special interests.
In particular, it does not matter to them if Clinton’s super PACs have accepted millions of dollars from lobbyists with ties to the fossil fuel industry. It does not matter if executives of oil and gas companies have supported the Clinton campaign by donating the maximum legal amount. To them, Clinton is an altruistic public servant, a kind of role model in American politics.
There must be no reason to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The Democratic Party can simply educate up-and-coming leaders on how to be like Clinton, and the stark influence of money in politics will be reversed by the next generation of Progressives Who Can Get Things Done.