Aug 30, 2017
Hillary Clinton is coming to a city near you to talk about something she cares very deeply about: herself.
Clinton will relive her humiliating defeat to Donald Trump in the 2016 election through a tour this fall and winter to promote her new book, “What Happened.”
Over the summer, Clinton has publicly blamed the loss on Russia, former FBI Director James Comey, The New York Times, the Democratic National Committee, sexism, gender stereotypes, Donald Trump, and her own supporters, among others.
Now she’ll again hit the road — and take attention away from Democratic candidates — to take her case to the people, or at least those who can afford to attend.
“Join Hillary Rodham Clinton as she travels the United States. She’ll connect with audiences with a story that’s personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny,” according to the event details for a stop at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center scheduled for Oct. 3.
VIP tickets – which include reserved premium seating, a photo with Clinton and a signed copy of “What Happened” – cost a whopping $375, each.
That’s a bargain compared to the VIP treatment for her November 1 stop at New York’s Streicker Center, which sells for $750 per person.
Clinton is promoting the stops with a special quote: “In the past, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”
“In discussion of her new memoir, Secretary Clinton will reveal that candor, describing what she was thinking and feeling during an election marked by exhilarating highs, infuriating lows, and stranger-than-fiction twists,” the Streicker Center event description reads. “She will also speak about the double standard confronting women in politics and the rituals, relationships, and reading that gave her strength to pick herself up after her devastating loss.”
In total, the “Hillary Clinton Live” tour includes 15 stops – two in Canada – from mid-September through mid-December, with “additional cities to be added as confirmed,” according to her website.
Many Democrats are undoubtedly uneasy about Clinton’s extended blame tour.
Several lashed out to The Hill in June when Clinton blamed her own party for her election mess.
“She’s apparently still really, really angry. I mean, we all are. The election was stolen from her, and that’s how she feels,” a longtime aide told the news site. “But to go out there publicly again and again and talk about it? And then to blame the DNC?
“It’s not helpful to Democrats. It’s not helpful to the country, and I don’t think it’s helpful to her.”
A former Obama aide said Clinton’s shenanigans are making it difficult to recruit new party leaders.
“It’s hard to do when you have the former nominee out there in a newsy, aggressive manner,” he said.
Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons told The Hill “it would be nice to hear a little more about the things she did wrong, which I believe mattered more than what she has discussed.”
Even CNN, Clinton’s biggest media cheerleader, came to the same conclusion in a blitzing critique of her finger pointing in June.
“While Clinton says she takes full responsibility for her defeat, everything else she says about the election belies that rhetoric. What taking the full blame and responsibility actually means is saying this: There were lots and lots of circumstances outside my control that hurt my chances. But at the end of the day, it was my campaign and my name on the ballot. And that means I lost and I own that,” Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza wrote.
“Clinton isn’t saying that. Probably because she simply doesn’t believe it.”
Now, for a few hundred dollars, Clinton’s adoring fans can listen to her not take responsibility in person, while the rest of her party scrambles to recruit candidates and rebuild the ruins left in the wake of her embarrassing defeat.
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:55 am