Bill Clinton Can’t Even Fill A High School Auditorium For McAuliffe

Former President Bill Clinton is campaigning for his former money man, renter of the Lincoln Bedroom, Terry McAuliffe in his bid to become Governor of Virginia.  Amazingly enough, the most popular Democrat in America can’t even fill high school auditoriums for McAuliffe, displaying a serious enthusiasm gap on the Democrats’ part.  Not even everyone who attended is going to be voting for McAuliffe as CNN discovered.

Though several voters here were thrilled to see the former President in their backyard, few seemed to express natural enthusiasm for McAuliffe.

While crowded, the high school auditorium where Clinton and McAuliffe spoke Sunday was hardly full: Volunteers cordoned off one section of empty seats with a large American flag, and other vacant rows were hidden by conveniently placed drapes.

Kimberly L. Winn, a self-described community advocate from Richmond who said she is a registered Democrat, came to the event solely to see Clinton. Asked if she planned to vote for McAuliffe, she grimaced and shook her head.

When you look at the increase in destruction of Republican signs, the paltry number of Democrat signs and bumper stickers even in dark blue areas such as the City of Alexandria and Arlington, you know that something is afoot.

Even the CNN article began with:

With Virginia Democrats increasingly confident that an Election Day sweep is in the making, gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe enlisted former President Bill Clinton, his longtime friend and confidante, to fire up the party base and drive them to the polls one week from Tuesday.

If you are a week out from Election Day and you are still trying to fire up the party base for your candidate, there are latent forces at work against you.  This is not a sign of confidence, but a sign of panic that the same lack of enthusiasm that derailed McAuliffe during the 2009 primary campaign (that he once led in the polls quite handily) may happen once again in the 2013 general election.


9 thoughts on “Bill Clinton Can’t Even Fill A High School Auditorium For McAuliffe

  1. If Kimberly Winn is a ‘registered democrat’ she doesn’t live in Virginia. There are no party registrations in Virginia. Did the McAuliffe campaign bring in people from other states in an attempt to fill the place?

  2. WOW………you are really scraping the bottom of the barrel for garbage to throw. Clinton was warmly received at our local VFW in Dale City yesterday……..he expressed true warmth to me and my wife!!!!!! You do know that schools in PWC are not allowed to participate in political activities…..anyway, we win, you lose, Cooch (and Rand) suck…….McA and Clinton are winners!!!!! yayyyyyyyyyyy for winners!!!

    1. I understand that Bill Clinton expresses warmth to a lot of people’s wives (except his own)! LOL

      It is so waaaay cool, though that you managed to get Bill Clinton to fill up a VFW hall in Dale City, anyway. Did he feel your pain, too?

  3. If “trying to fire up the base at this late stage” is a sign of desperation, what is Cuccinelli’s attempt to fire up the base with Sens. Paul, Cruz, Gov. Huckabee, & the like?

    If two candidates are trying to “fire up the base”, I’d sure rather be the one that’s been sitting on a lead since July…

  4. Riley: “If you are a week out from Election Day and you are still trying to fire up the party base for your candidate, there are latent forces at work against you.”

    Chris LaCivita: “It is always natural in an off year in the last few weeks to do everything to turn out your base. The party that takes its base vote for granted in an off-, off-year loses.”

    I don’t think it’s McAuliffe who has “latent forces at work against [him].”

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