Have the Clintons Lost Their Magic?

Now that the Clintons are mired in new scandals, they seem to be getting snubbed by many celebrities who used to worship them.

The Clintons, unlike most families, have an organization that represents them—The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. One can’t help but think that a change in behavior toward that organization might mean a change of attitude toward the family.

Politico reports, “Clinton Foundation snubbed by the pope, Elton John, Janet Yellen.”

The Clinton Foundation invited everyone from Pope Francis and Leonardo DiCaprio to Bill de Blasio and Janet Yellen to its showcase gathering starting Saturday in New York City, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning.

But those invitations were among the dozens turned down by all manner of celebrities, dignitaries and donors, according to the sources, who said the controversies swirling around the foundation and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have made some bold-faced names and donors wary of the foundation.

The glitzy Clinton Global Initiative gathering in New York, which has the lofty title “The Future of Impact,” was supposed to have been a celebration of the accomplishments of the $2-billion Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s past work as it pivots towards a future with Chelsea Clinton at the helm.

Instead, it’s become emblematic of the foundation’s struggles to regain its luster, while scaling back some of its ambitions and restructuring amid heightened scrutiny of its internal workings, the diminished role of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the prospect that former president Bill Clinton also could be forced to step back.

“They’ve had a lot of rejections from people – both for membership renewals and speaking roles this year between the campaign, Hillary not being at CGI this year, bad press,” said one person who has worked on planning foundation events.

Supposedly, this shift in attendance (as well as some dropped corporate sponsorships) might have been caused by scandals and stories of corruption.

But why haven’t such scandals and reports of corruption had this effect before?

I think a better, deeper explanation for the change in attitude can be found in the idea that the Obama Administration is going to war against the Clintons. It is because people know the Clintons are losing their power to their political enemies that their former friends are starting to abandon them.

That’s the problem with winning friends with your power or your wealth, when you lose the latter you lose your “friends” as well.