The New York Times says no Democrat wants Bill Clinton to campaign for them. Wow!
If even the far-left, Clinton-loving New York Times is saying that no one wants Bill Clinton to campaign for them, this must be a dire situation for Bubba. Maybe his day is finally over and done with.
If so, it is good news, indeed.
According to the Times’ November 2 article:
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But now, as the Democratic nominee in the tightest congressional race in this state, Mr. Tucker is happy for the former president and his wife to remain a plane ride away. Mr. Clinton, who was governor and attorney general of Arkansas, was once a near-ubiquitous presence helping Democrats in tough races back home, but the former president hasn’t been asked to appear on the trail for Mr. Tucker.
There are no plans for him to do so. Or, for that matter, appear publicly with any Democrat running in the midterm elections.
As Democrats search for their identity in the Trump era, one aspect has become strikingly clear: Mr. Clinton is not part of it. Just days before the midterm elections, Mr. Clinton finds himself in a kind of political purgatory, unable to overcome past personal and policy choices now considered anathema within the rising liberal wing of his party.
Indeed, in this cycle, Bill Clinton has been practically invisible and has mostly done back room fundraisers instead of standing on stage in public appearances.
“The absence of Mr. Clinton is a notable shift both for a man who’s boosted Democratic candidates in every election for the past half century and for a party long defined by the former first couple,” the Times wrote. “Hillary Clinton has slowly become a more visible presence in the 2018 election, even seeming to crack open the door to another presidential bid in an interview last week, but she is also a frequent Republican target and a burden to Democrats in some parts of the country.”
Why is this? Why has Bill Clinton lost his cache? The paper speculates that it might be Bubba’s “tarnished” sexual assault history in the era of #MeToo.
“I’m not sure that with all the issues he has, he could really be that helpful to the candidates,” said Tamika D. Mallory, an organizer of the Women’s March, who’s now promoting female candidates across the country. “It would do the Democratic Party well to have Bill Clinton focus on his humanitarian efforts.”
“It was an abuse of power that shouldn’t have happened and if the Clintons can’t accept that fact 20 years later, it’s hard to see how they can be part of the future of the Democratic Party,” said Ms. Katz, who worked as a top strategist on Cynthia Nixon’s bid to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York this year.
The paper notes that this may be a warning for others who enable Clinton. But whatever the reason that Bubba is out of favor, let’s hope it is permanent. He never deserved the near universal praise he once got from the left.
If 2018 was worth anything at all in Democrat politics, it could be notable as the flat end of the Clinton domination of the Democrat Party.
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