Even at her lowest point, Hillary Clinton could still get people to show up to her fundraising events.
But it probably helped that her donors reasonably expected that she would be the candidate and would remember their names. Biden is the new kind of honest politician, he doesn’t stay bribed because he doesn’t remember you bribed him. Each time you meet him, he’s got his hand out. Two hands if you bring a child.
Despite doing his fundraising tour in California and wrecking traffic, the only jams were those caused by his Secret Service entourage.
Nobody else is coming.
Two people who sent out a flurry of invites for fundraising events in California this week said they received only single-digit responses. One joked that the same two or three dozen Democrats were emailing and calling the same list — guaranteeing the low return rate they saw. An email from one fundraiser informed recipients of “limited Reduced Price Tickets” for Biden’s fundraiser Monday evening in tony Atherton, Calif., a development they attributed — dubiously — to “the demand to see the president.” The person who forwarded the email, perhaps ironically, balked at buying a ticket.
Instead, Biden is relying on Gov. Newsom to bring out the cash.
The California events this week still raised millions. Tuesday afternoon’s fundraiser in Marin County, which was hosted by Gov. Gavin Newsom, brought in roughly $2 million alone, according to an aide to the governor. But the gatherings were smaller than organizers had hoped, and had fewer new faces in the crowd.
If that’s the state of play in California, the rest of the country is gonna be worse.
Another Biden bundler described the struggle to sell the high-dollar tickets for a Nashville event this coming weekend with first lady Jill Biden. While the less expensive tickets were an easier sell, the fundraiser said the city’s top Democratic donors were stretched thin given the competitive mayoral and city council races taking place in August.
Nobody wanted medical advice from Dr. Jill Biden?
In interviews with more than a dozen bundlers and donors across the country in recent weeks, as well as late-arriving pleas reviewed by West Wing Playbook, people have expressed nervousness that early fundraisers aren’t delivering as they’d hoped.
Hope someone in Shanghai still has some cash set aside for the Big Guy.