New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is feeling sorry for the Clintons after their much-hyped tour of North America’s bumpy start.
In her column on Sunday, Dowd wrote how that after 27 years of covering the Clintons she has had a range of emotions, from dazzling to disgusting, but now she feels sorry.
Dowd was in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena where the Clintons were scheduled to speak at the second stop of a 13-city tour. As Dowd looked around the arena, where the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League play, she commented on how even with half of the 19,800 seat facility curtained off organizers had to cordon off more sections with thick black curtains due to a lack of sales. Dowd said she paid $177 for her seat, but the slow sales had many ticket prices being slashed into the single digits.
As a result of the shrinking audience, Dowd gets assigned a new seat and is still looking at large swaths of empty seats, writing that it was just four years ago that Canadians bought tickets in droves to see Hillary speak convinced that she would be the next president of the United States.
Dowd was puzzled as to why the Clintons would “make like aging rock stars” to tour when the Democrats are trying to break free from their stranglehold of ” cloistered, superannuated leadership and exult in a mosaic of exciting new faces.”
“What is the point? It’s not inspirational. It’s not for charity. They’re not raising awareness about a cause, like Al Gore with global warming. They’re only raising awareness about the Clintons.”
But it is about the money or the potential for money which Dowd finds distasteful considering how wealthy the Clinton’s have become since leaving the White House.
“After the White House, the money-grubbing raged on, with the Clintons making over 700 speeches in a 15-year period, blithely unconcerned with any appearance of avarice or of shady special interests and foreign countries buying influence. They stockpiled a whopping $240 million. Even leading up to her 2016 presidential run, Hillary was packing in the speeches, talking to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the American Camp Association, eBay, and there was that infamous trifecta of speeches for Goldman Sachs worth $675,000.”
The Clintons paused their tour after the death of former President George H.W. Bush who died last Friday at the age of 94 to attend his funeral today in Washington. They only had one more stop this year — December 4 in Sugar Land, Texas and all indications were that sales were below expectations there as well.