If Hillary Clinton’s feeble performance in the 2008 campaign is any indication, she has a glass jaw as a candidate, which will manifest itself at some point—though perhaps too late for a credible candidate other than Joe Biden to have enough time to organize a serious campaign. People keep saying the Republicans might have a brokered convention, but maybe it will be the Democrats who revive the e-cigarette-filled-backroom.*
As we keep getting more and more information that Clintonworld is an unpleasant and chaotic cash machine, a fresh piece of information appears in the Wall Street Journal this morning that is doubtless raising fresh red flags among Democratic insiders:
The super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid is struggling to raise money and now expects to collect only about $15 million through the end of June, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
So naturally Hillary is addressing this problem with a new series of paid speeches a staff shakeup!
The group, Priorities USA Action, is shaking up its senior staff in hopes of jump-starting a fundraising operation that, five weeks after Mrs. Clinton entered the presidential race, has garnered only about $5 million in “hard commitments,” two people familiar with events say. . .
Even if it meets its $15 million short-term expectation, the pro-Clinton group will raise far less than PACs backing some potential Republican rivals. Super PACs backing Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) say they have raised more than $31 million, and all-but-announced candidate Jeb Bush, while not giving a fundraising tally, has said his team has broken all prior GOP fundraising records.
Why, the Clinton campaign is practically dead broke. C’mon donors—don’t you realize the Clintons have bills to pay!?! No wonder Hillary is starting to fly commercial to Iowa. (Recall that mismanaging money was one of the difficulties in Hillary’s 2008 campaign.)
The Journal story goes on to report that some potential donors just aren’t ready to move on yet from Mr. Hope’n’Change, and still harbor bad feelings about the Clintons from the 2008 campaign.
* The Eleanor Clift story on Biden linked above has this suggestive tidbit:
Once a self-described “vociferous” Clintonsupporter—he went door-to-door in New Hampshire with Bill in ’92—he chose Obama in early ’07 despite his historical ties with the Clintons. “It’s more than charisma; it’s more than the ability to emote; it’s the ability to speak to 25,000 people and have every one of them feel you’re speaking to them. Clinton had it, Bush had it, Obama had it, Reagan had it. Joe Biden has it—he can bring people to tears. She ain’t got it.”
I’ll just modify this slightly by suggesting that Biden’s supposed ability to “bring people to tears” is obviously just evoking the tears of a clown.