'I'm Feeling Something Foreign' About the Clintons

Maureen Dowd is surprised to feel sorry for them
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2018 3:01 PM CST
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Former US President Bill Clinton listens to his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a conference in Montreal on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.   (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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(Newser) – "I'm feeling something foreign, something I’ve never felt before. It takes me a moment to identify it," writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. "I'm feeling sorry for the Clintons." At a Bill-and-Hillary speaking event in Toronto, the opinion columnist saw attendees relocated as row upon row of empty seats were curtained off inside Scotiabank Arena. While Michelle Obama's book tour sells out, the Clintons are speaking to fewer people and appear to serve no deeper purpose. "What is the point?" Dowd writes. "It's not inspirational. It's not for charity." And the couple that "stockpiled a whopping $240 million" can't be doing it for the dough, right?

Nope—which leaves one option: It's about 2020. "Some in Clintonworld say Hillary fully intends to be the nominee," writes Dowd. "Once more, in Toronto, she didn't rule it out, dodging the question with a lame joke." But after "losing to an orange puffer clown fish" the last go-around, "that's delusional." After all, Bill was "radioactive" in the midterms and Hillary's approval rating is 36%. Only President Trump seems interested in her, and that's not exactly supportive. Yet the Clintons trudge on, refusing to be ignored, revealing "their pathological need to be relevant" despite swaths of empty seats that "bear witness to the passing of their relevance." Says Dowd: "It's a pity." (But Hillary's immigration comments have caused a stir.)

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