Can Money Buy The White House?

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s been 55 years since Paul McCartney wrote the song lyric: “I don’t care too much for money/Money can’t buy me love.”

We also know it can’t buy class.

But can it buy otherwise-unqualified rich people the most powerful job in the world?

Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz seems to have already flamed out in his fantasy bid for the White House.

And now we have a new rich guy on the make – Tom Steyer, who’s decided to bet $100 million of his dough on a presidential run with little else to recommend it.

Is great wealth an indication that someone would be a good president?

Not really.

Among the top ten list of greatest presidents ever as chosen by historians, Truman, Eisenhower and Lincoln were not millionaires.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is the richest president ever.

Steyer offers a populist message not much different from what other Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are selling, and Sanders says he’s “a bit tired of seeing billionaires trying to buy political power.”

No, money can’t buy you love.

Maybe Steyer will prove once and for all it can’t buy you the White House, either.

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