There’s an immediate concern with Hillary Clinton as a candidate that isn’t often discussed: while she’s strong in many Democratic circles, she’s lousy with white men, which, like it or not, make up the decisive chunk of American voters. In order to take the Presidency, Hillary doesn’t necessarily need to win dudes, but she needs to make sufficient inroads among them to tear off a decent chunk of them. And while she’s solidly in posession of, say, the group of guys who wear tee shirts that say “this is what a feminist looks like” and drive Korean-made cars with Coexist bumper stickers on them (though, in fairness, some of them my be Sanders voters), she’s severely lacking in the “Home Depot” crowd, so to speak.
The womens’-only events probably won’t help. Though, when it comes to targeting identity demographics, it seems Hillary isn’t doing so well there either. Her last womens’-only event attracted so few ladies, she was forced to do something her campaign must have thrown up in their mouths a little over: admit men.
The “Conversation With Hillary Clinton” event at Midtown law firm Akin Gump was originally aiming to attract 125 women. An email invitation seen by Page Six said the event is “just for women.” But by Friday, “They’d only sold 50 tickets, so they threw it open to men,” a source said. “Ticket sales were supposed to close at 10 a.m. Sunday, but the hostesses were working the phones and pushed the deadline till Monday.”
We hear about 90 attendees included former Bill Clinton aide Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and his husband, Randy Florke, Maurice Tempelsman, Jill Braufman (wife of hedge funder Daniel Nir), Jean Shafiroff and Susan Cole. The event began at noon, but Clinton arrived at 1 p.m. in “a royal blue jacket and black pants.” She then took pictures with donors and delivered a half-hour speech before leaving at about 2 p.m.
Maybe it was the “pay gap:” tickets to the event cost a whopping $2700 a person, for an “intimate” conversation with HIllary, followed by a lecture on, among other things, Vladimir Putin. The Clinton campaign, despite it’s wailings about women making only $.75 for every dollar a man makes, did not discount the price of the tickets accordingly. And, oddly, did not charge the eventual male audience more for the privilege of basking in Clinton’s glow.