No one is exactly sure why the Clintons have decided to do a national tour. They’re not running for anything that anyone knows of, and they certainly don’t need the money. The optics aren’t great for them, either. They’re playing to lots of empty seats.

Even Maureen Dowd of the New York Times is writing about it:

Curtains for the Clintons

The snow is falling lightly.

My thoughts are racing darkly.

I’m feeling something foreign, something I’ve never felt before. It takes me a moment to identify it.

I’m feeling sorry for the Clintons.

In the 27 years I’ve covered Bill and Hillary, I’ve experienced a range of emotions. They’ve dazzled me and they’ve disgusted me.

But now they’re mystifying me.

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.

Twitchy points to this tweet from Dowd which isn’t sitting well with folks on the left:

This video will give you an idea of what Dowd is talking about:

Karen Townsend of Hot Air has more:

Bill And Hillary Tour Underwhelms In Ticket Sales, Attendance

Bill and Hillary Clinton have taken their show on the road. Ticket sales for “An Evening with the Clintons” are not what they once might have been, according to all reports. With stops deliberately booked in what are assumed to be Clinton-friendly cities, the aging power couple seems to be having trouble filling seats…

The venue in Toronto only sold 3,300 tickets. Whole sections of the arena were empty. I checked the website for ticket prices and for the Houston stop, the cheap seats go for $15.00 and the most expensive ticket price I could find was $1146.00. That’s a real bargain, especially compared to the book tour events (it’s not just a book tour, they are events) scheduled for former First Lady Michelle Obama. The high-end prices for the Michelle tour go for $10,000. That is what I found and it’s not a stop in Houston but in Dallas at the American Airlines Center. The Clinton venue in Houston is smaller.

Contrast that with Michelle Obama, who just sold out a venue with almost 20,000 seats.

Gregg Re writes at FOX News:

Michelle Obama says Lean In is ‘s—‘ that doesn’t work during book tour stop in New York

Speaking Saturday night at the 19,000-seat Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of her promotional book tour, former first lady Michelle Obama shocked attendees by comparing a prominent piece of feminist self-help advice to “s—” that often “doesn’t work.”

Obama told the sold-out crowd that women can’t experience equality in both their professional and personal lives “at the same time,” calling the idea a “lie” and arguing that “marriage still ain’t equal, y’all.”…

Interest in the sold-out Barclays evening was so great that Obama is set to return there on Dec. 19 for a discussion moderated by actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

That’s gotta hurt.

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