Several people close to Hillary Clinton have recently mentioned to the media that they believe she will run again for president in 2020. While Clinton herself has said she isn’t interested in going through another campaign, she has also been coy about what that really means. Was she simply indicating her lack of desire to actually get out there and press the flesh, or was she ruling out another bid for the White House?
Many insiders are stuck between, “She’s running” and “I don’t know.” We’ve yet to hear anyone close to Hillary’s inner circle say that she’s definitely not going to challenge President Trump to a rematch. Which means there’s a good chance that she will.
But if the ticket sales for her and Bill’s North American speaking tour are any indication, there might not be near as much interest in the Clintons as they think. And that could spell doom for any presidential aspirations Hillary might have.
In The New York Times last week, columnist Maureen Dowd said it was “curtains for the Clintons.”
“I’m looking around Scotiabank Arena, the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s a depressing sight,” Dowd wrote. “It’s two-for-the-price-of-one in half the arena. The hockey rink is half curtained off, but even with that, organizers are scrambling at the last minute to cordon off more sections behind thick black curtains, they say due to a lack of sales. I paid $177 weeks in advance. (I passed on the pricey meet-and-greet option.) On the day of the event, some unsold tickets are slashed to single digits.
“I get reassigned to another section as the Clintons’ audience space shrinks,” she continued. “But even with all the herding, I’m still looking at large swaths of empty seats — and I cringe at the thought that the Clintons will look out and see that, too. It was only four years ago, after all, that Canadians were clamoring to buy tickets to see the woman who seemed headed for history.”
While Dowd had a front-row seat to the sad spectacle, the Daily Mail had the hard numbers. According to them, the Clintons fell short of filling the 20,000-seat Scotiabank Arena by, oh, about 17,000. “That works out to 83 percent empty,” they note.
The article went on to say that some same-day tickets were sold for the bargain-basement price of $6.55 a piece. That’s just…brutal.
We’re not sure Joe Biden or Kamala Harris could do any better, though, so perhaps Hillary Clinton will have her comeback after all.
The thing is, all roads eventually lead to Trump. And our president has no trouble filling the seats.