- - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Americans who can’t get enough of the Clintons are in luck. Bubba and the former first lady of the United States will soon embark on a tour of 13 cities to talk about their good old days. They will interview each other, and a ticket to “An Evening with President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton” is a steal at $432 each. Tickets are still available. Something in the cheap seats goes for a mere $59.

The good old days begin a week after the Nov. 6 congressional elections and conclude next spring, after many interruptions to enable the nation to digest Hillary’s frequent zingers at the length they deserve.

“The two leaders,” the promoters, Live Nation, promise, “will feature joint on-stage conversations with the leaders sharing stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their careers in public service.”

Eliminating a neutral interviewer is probably wise. The Clintons won’t have to worry about embarrassing questions, such as, What can Bubba tell us about taking women seriously when they accuse powerful men of abusing women to the point of rape? Does he have any advice for celebrated abusers of women on how to beat the rap?

And to the missus, Does she have any regrets for the foolish things she said during the 2016 campaign, such as calling millions of Americans “deplorables”?

Does she have regrets for not listening to Bubba when he urged her to forget the advice of the millennials in her campaign and spend the last days before the election in the Rust Belt, where she might have done herself some good?

With no interviewer to interfere and keep it clean, this would give both Bubba and Hillary an opportunity to pose their own embarrassing questions to each other. A replay of some of their recycled pillow talk might be worth the price of a $432 ticket, or at least $59.

Now that the Clintons husband and wife can no longer peddle sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom, or offer promises of special treatment to donors once Hillary sits in the Oval Office, they must exploit such opportunities as they find. It’s no doubt quite a humbling experience to have to put on a show for $432 that once brought a million dollars to the family coffers. The market is a cruel reminder of life as a used-to-be.

“The unusual tour will take the Clintons mainly to friendly territory,” observes The Washington Post, “including several large Democratic-leaning cities such as Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Boston, as well as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.” Live Nation, the promoters, calls it an opportunity to hear the Clintons “provide a unique perspective on the past, and remarkable insight into where we go from here,” including their views on “one of the most unpredictable presidential elections.”

The Clintons will be on the road at the same time Michelle Obama will be on a book tour promoting her book, and with the same Live Nation promoters. They probably won’t cross paths, but it’s an interesting co-incidence.


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