It was brought to my attention this morning that a certain ex-Presidential candidate will be just a few miles away from me tomorrow.
When Hillary Clinton set out to break barriers, doorbusters wasn’t part of that plan.
As if it was Black Friday, Clinton’s upcoming book-signing Saturday at Costco in Brookfield is being met with hype and hand-wringing in a town that hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
To say that I became annoyed may be a tad understated.
The last time that she was in my area, as far as I know, was last year before the primary when she swooped in to collect lots of moolah from rich donors in Roxbury, CT, as:
guest of retired shopping outlet developer Barry Ginsburg and his wife, Merle, at the couple’s 32-acre Roxbury estate known as Opal House
That event, btw, was attended by Democratic party loyalists and was very expensive:
The reception is being co-hosted by Blumenthal, Senate colleague Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty of the 5th District, which includes Roxbury. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are also expected to attend.
There are no public events or campaign rallies on Clinton’s schedule while she’s in Connecticut.
The setting for Clinton’s visit is renowned for its commanding vistas of the Litchfield Hills, ornate gardens and statue collection
(Litchfield County contains some very rich people)
Admission starts at $2,700 per person. There is also a $5,400 price tier that includes a photo with Clinton and a VIP reception option for those who bundle at least $10,000 in donations.
You may recall that Clinton rounded up every single one of the sixteen superdelegates in CT early on in the 2016 primary season and that CT is a closed primary state, yet she still only managed to win 51% of the votes in the primary.
But this isn’t about the 2016 Democratic primary.
Yes, Hillary Clinton will appear tomorrow at our local Costco. An appropriate setting in a way. Costco, a place that oversized people drive their oversized vehicles to so they can buy oversized portions of consumer goods, is one of the factors that has lead to the decline in bookstores around the country.
When big box stores like Costco began using books as loss leaders to lure shoppers in with heavily discounted book prices, often below cost, the demise of local bookstores began in earnest. Much like the way corporate Democrats like Hillary Clinton can raise massive amounts of money to steamroll over their competition, there was no way that most bookstores could compete.
But, this post is not about the decline of bookstores either.
In light of Clinton’s recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper,
in which Hillary whined about how “incredibly divisive” Sanders supporters are “still”, I am picturing a big sign I could hold up across the street that says, “IS THIS DIVISIVE ENOUGH FOR YOU HILLARY??” (that’s the polite version, btw).
Or, I could hold up a sign asking her how she thinks things are going with North Korea these days, considering that she is the one who pressured Obama to take out Libya’s leader (something that Obama now says is his biggest regret).
You see Bush had assured Qaddafi that by giving up his weapons of mass destruction program, “good faith will be returned.”
Give up your WMDs and a world of benefits will be yours, including security, trade and investment, diplomatic recognition and international respectability.
What happened in Libya had a direct impact on our relationship with North Korea as it convinced them that they had nothing to gain by giving up their nukes and, in fact, now consider giving them up to be nothing less than green-lighting an invasion of their country by the U.S.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 8, 2017
Or, maybe my sign might say something like, “HOW’S THAT ‘VICTORY FUND’ GOING THESE DAYS HILLARY??” I am convinced that one of the reasons Dems are doing so poorly these days, aside from the toxic neoliberal influence of the Clinton wing, is the way Hillary drained the party’s coffers.
The Democratic front-runner says she’s raising big checks to help state committees, but they’ve gotten to keep only 1 percent of the $60 million raised.
This article’s headline might make a great sign:
Hillary Clinton’s new memoir is a requiem for the politics that she and her husband have trumpeted for over 20 years.
So many possible sign themes, so little time. But, of course, I will not be standing across the street with my handmade sign tomorrow. I have much more urgent matters to attend to. It’s cathartic to think about though. Kind of like the catharsis Clinton found writing her awful book.
This book, she says, is good for her ‘mental health’.
In true “I”, “I”, “I”, narcissistic, Hillary Clinton fashion, it appears that the effect her book might have on millions of people didn’t even enter her mind. It’s still all about ‘Her’.
So here’s a pic from the event.