Today is a big day for Hillary Clinton. She has either just wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination or should do so after the results are tabulated in today’s primaries. According to the AP’s latest tally (including superdelegates, who can change their minds), Clinton is now the Democrats’ presumptive nominee.
Probably not in honor of the occasion, RealClearPolitics has posted Toby Harnden’s Sunday Times account of Hillary Clinton’s rally last week in Culver City, California. Harnden notes that “[j]ust 200 people were gathered inside a university gym for the morning event, which hadn’t been advertised until the night before.” Lovers of foreshadowing and symbolism, analyze this: “At the end of her event, as Clinton gathered her introducers around her for a photograph, her podium wobbled and then collapsed.”
I especially enjoyed Harnden’s account of the highlights deriving from the remarks of the 17 (count ’em) speakers who warmed up the crowd for Madam Hillary’s administration of medicine. Here is how they get the assembled handful ready for Hillary:
Before she spoke for just 11 minutes, her supporters had to endure 17 warm-up speakers – some of whom did her more harm than good. “Over the past months, I’ve heard the word ‘likability’ used so frequently,” said the actress Sally Field.
“How Hillary is not likeable, how she’s cold or shrill or opportunist or just not someone you’d like to have a beer with. What is this? A high school popularity contest? She’s not running to be everybody’s friend…we don’t need someone who is nice.”
Mary Steenburgen, another actress, who ventured: “She has seen every injustice in this world and it still pisses her off when things aren’t fair. I love that she has edges. Who doesn’t have edges at our age?”
The whole entertaining thing is here.