by Frank Holmes, reporter
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sworn she’s not running for president in 2020 – but she just took a major step toward throwing her hat in the ring for the third time.
She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will go on a 13-city speaking tour called, “An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
The Clintons will “provide a unique perspective on the past, and remarkable insight into where we go from here,” according to the tour announcement.
“Attendees will have the opportunity to hear one-of-a-kind conversations with the two leaders as they tell their stories from some of the most impactful moments in modern history,” it says.
The votes from the midterm election will hardly get counted before they take their show on the road on November 18… and they’re booking massive stadiums.
An editorial writer for the New York Times, Michelle Cottle, told Hillary to “stop whining about 2016.”
But she just can’t let it go. So instead, she’s decided to turn her complain-fest into a road show.
She’s desperate to go toe-to-toe with President Donald Trump one more time – and she’s betting people will pay big bucks to listen to her unload on him.
Tickets, which go on sale tomorrow, were originally listed for sale for as much as $745 apiece.
The Clintons are used to getting paid before they say a word to anyone – they made more than $153 million in speaking fees from 2001 to 2015. Stacks of cash rained in from Wall Street elites, business leaders and Saudi sultans eager to curry her favor before she got elected president.
The new speaking tour has tongues wagging that she’s using the tour to prep for a 2020 presidential run.
Some analysts say this is the Clintons’ way of keeping themselves relevant to Democrats, who privately wish the couple would just, please, go away.
“Let’s face it,” said Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, “the Clintons don’t know when to shut up.”
All of the Clintons’ stops will be in deep blue cities – New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Seattle, and Philadelphia. They’ll only visit one red state, Texas.
Three of the 13 stops aren’t even in the United States. They’ll visit the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Victoria. Let’s not forget, the Clintons have never been above taking foreign money.
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But some commentators say the whole effort is a deep case of Trump envy.
“Privately they were jealous as they could be, and they were seething because there’s not a one of them on the Democrat side who could come anywhere close to equaling that kind of excitement, that kind of loyalty, and those size crowds,” Radio host Rush Limbaugh said this week.
“Hillary couldn’t do it ever!” he said. “She couldn’t draw flies to her book-signing ceremonies!”
Two years ago, Clinton struggled to get one-tenth as many people to show up at her presidential campaign rallies as Trump got.
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And if history’s any guide, listening to Hillary speak doesn’t necessarily make people more likely to vote for her.
The former secretary of state has had a string of publicity tours go down in flames.
While hawking her 2014 book Hard Choices, she blew her temper in a showdown with a reporter… from ultra-liberal NPR.
Even far-Left MSNBC personality Donny Deutsch said the whole nationwide effort had been “a disaster.”
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Flash forward three years, and Medium.com called the book tour for her last book, What Happened “a divisive disaster.”
Between her tired shtick, shrill voice and constant coughing fits, she’s not exactly a riveting speaker.
In fact, there’s already evidence that this tour, which ends next spring, is falling apart. Tickets have been marked down to $370.50.
The White House isn’t exactly sweating the tour.
“The only person with a lower approval rating than Nancy Pelosi is Hillary Clinton,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee. “We encourage their road show far and wide.”
Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”