Bill Clinton is Max Bialystock…

by Datechguy | November 29th, 2012

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Bill Clinton is Max Bialystock...

Max Bia­ly­stock: The two car­di­nal rules of pro­duc­ing. One: Never put your own money in the show.

Leo Bloom: And two?

Max Bia­ly­stock: Never put your own money in the show!

The Pro­duc­ers 2005

In both ver­sions of The Pro­duc­ers and in the Broad­way play. Max Bia­ly­stock raises money for his plays by div­ing into “lit­tle old lady land”

This came to mind when I saw this story at Politico:

Amid spec­u­la­tion that Hillary Clin­ton might make a run for the pres­i­dency in 2016, her hus­band is tak­ing another swing at shrink­ing her lin­ger­ing 2008 cam­paign debt, which totals $73,000 as of Sept. 30.

In an email to sup­port­ers Wednes­day, Bill Clin­ton offered a chance to spend a day with him if donors chipped in to drive down his wife’s cam­paign debt before Dec. 6.

That Hillary might still have cam­paign debt 4 years after the race was not a big sur­prise, as the arti­cle says it was as high as 25 Mil­lion at one point, but what really struck me was the fig­ure that is left after four years.

$73,000

Now for me and you $73,000 is a lot of money. If I had $73,000 more that I do now it would have a dra­matic effect on my life and prospects, but Bill Clin­ton?

That thought seems to be a gen­eral theme in com­ments at Politico this one is typical:

$73,000??? Hon­estly, doesn’t Bill earn some­thing like $100,000/speech. Maybe he could sign up for one more gig and pay the bill him­self — or pos­si­bly Hillary could earn a few shekels now that she’s retiring.

That is the big dif­fer­ence between Bill Clin­ton and the fic­tional Max Bia­ly­stock. Max was wear­ing a card­board belt and needed to dive into lit­tle old lady land to do any­thing. Bill Clin­ton turned his polit­i­cal career into a vast for­tune. He could pay this debt off with no effort, his wel­com­ing ladies young and old into pres­i­den­tial kneepad land is likely purely recre­ational. This fact obscures an over­rid­ing truth about the Bill Clin­ton way.

Yes it’s true Bill Clin­ton can retire this debt him­self if he chooses to, but why would he choose to? As long as there are demo­c­rat donors will­ing to spend their money why would he ever think about pay­ing this himself?

This not only makes him the per­fect patron saint for the Demo­c­rat party but would make him an excel­lent Hol­ly­wood or Broad­way producer.

Max Bialystock: The two cardinal rules of producing. One: Never put your own money in the show.

Leo Bloom: And two?

Max Bialystock:  Never put your own money in the show!

The Producers 2005

In both versions of The Producers and in the Broadway play. Max Bialystock raises money for his plays by diving into “little old lady land”

This came to mind when I saw this story at Politico:

Amid speculation that Hillary Clinton might make a run for the presidency in 2016, her husband is taking another swing at shrinking her lingering 2008 campaign debt, which totals $73,000 as of Sept. 30.

In an email to supporters Wednesday, Bill Clinton offered a chance to spend a day with him if donors chipped in to drive down his wife’s campaign debt before Dec. 6.

That Hillary might still have campaign debt 4 years after the race was not a big surprise, as the article says it was as high as 25 Million at one point, but what really struck me was the figure that is left after four years.

$73,000

Now for me and you $73,000 is a lot of money.  If I had $73,000 more that I do now it would have a dramatic effect on my life and prospects, but Bill Clinton?

That thought seems to be a general theme in comments at Politico this one is typical:

$73,000??? Honestly, doesn’t Bill earn something like $100,000/speech. Maybe he could sign up for one more gig and pay the bill himself – or possibly Hillary could earn a few shekels now that she’s retiring.

That is the big difference between Bill Clinton and the fictional Max Bialystock.  Max was wearing a cardboard belt and needed to dive into little old lady land to do anything.  Bill Clinton turned his political career into a vast fortune. He could pay this debt off with no effort, his welcoming ladies young and old into presidential kneepad land is likely purely recreational. This fact obscures an overriding truth about the Bill Clinton way.

Yes it’s true Bill Clinton can retire this debt himself if he chooses to, but why would he choose to? As long as there are democrat donors willing to spend their money why would he ever think about paying this himself?

This not only makes him the perfect patron saint for the Democrat party but would make him an excellent Hollywood or Broadway producer.

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