Why are the Clintons on tour?
The New York Times
The Clintons just won’t go quietly into that good night, said Maureen Dowd. Bill and Hillary have embarked on a speaking tour of the U.S. and Canada, and at a stop at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena last week, half the seats were empty. It was “a depressing sight.” Why, with no book to sell or candidacy to promote, are they still seeking attention? #MeToo has rendered Bill “radioactive,” Hillary’s failed campaign put Donald Trump in the White House, and the Democratic Party is trying to move on to a new generation of leadership. Surely, the Clintons don’t need the money, considering that they collectively made more than $240 million giving 700 post–White House speeches to the likes of Goldman Sachs, eBay, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. Only one explanation makes sense: The Clintons simply “refuse to be discarded.” For decades, they’ve been at the center of national politics. And the humiliating way it all ended in 2016 is just too hard for them to swallow. “They would like to rewrite the ending, but there is no way to do that.” So on they go, speaking to rows of empty seats, revealing a “pathological need to be relevant.”