Awkward: NY Times’ Maureen Dowd offers firsthand account of Bill & Hillary’s EmptySeat-a-Palooza opening night

What happens when you’re out of political influence to sell

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s tour started in Toronto earlier this week, and I’d heard that there were a LOT of empty seats, but Maureen Dowd from the NY Times was there and spelled out just how bad it can get when a power couple is fresh out of influence to sell:

I’m looking around Scotiabank Arena, the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s a depressing sight. 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. 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.

“HISTORY”? I’m sorry, Maureen, but that’s HERstory, and no… Hillary wasn’t headed there on election night either.

Dowd’s column was titled “Curtains for the Clintons” — and she’s not exactly a conservative.

Anyway, the real beauty in the Clintons’ tour is that there’s no stop in Wisconsin. Just perfect.

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