LOS ANGELES, June 3, 2016 — A truly great speaker can pack over 50,000 people into a football stadium. A major speech to 10,000 can be delivered in America’s second largest city at an arena at UCLA or USC.
For former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a gymnasium at West Los Angeles Community College more than sufficed.
One day after giving a 45-minute anti-Trump diatribe disguised as a foreign policy speech in San Diego, Clinton trudged to the City of Angels. The event was billed as a superstar gathering of women. Los Angeles Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Karen Bass gave remarks to warm up the crowd, who waited up to three hours for a 12-minute keynote speech in a gym that was more than half empty.
Entertainer Sally Field is beloved of Baby Boomers for her roles in “Norma Rae,” “Gidget” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” Young people are mostly unfamiliar with her, a metaphor for the Clinton campaign. Bernie Sanders supporters are mostly white college students; Hillary Clinton supporters are mostly elderly white liberal women and a few emasculated men.
One day after Donald Trump spoke for an hour to thousands of people in San Jose, Hillary addressed the dozens of diehards who braved sunny weather to see her.
It may kill Hillary inside to hear it, but she is uninspiring. She yells the way parents yell to get their kids to take out the trash. Her main weakness is her utter lack of likability. In attempting to directly address this, Sally Field may have done more harm than good.
“What is this, a high school popularity contest? She’s not running to be everybody’s friend.” Fields insisted that, “We don’t need someone who is nice.” We do not need someone who is “warm or likable.”
Fields explained that Hillary is tough and smart. Many Clinton detractors just find her nasty.
After knocking Trump and then accidentally knocking over the podium, Clinton posed for some selfies with the crowd.
At least the traffic was not a problem. It is easy to find your car and escape from a a parking lot with many available spaces.
There was also no need to do crowd control, since there was no crowd to control.
Afterward, Clinton trudged to her next event, with the crowd expected to be equally small.