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.
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.