Bill Clinton has been a fixture in Democrat politics since the 1980s.
But his scandal plagued career has finally caught up with him.
And he just got the worst news of his life.
Democrats believe they have a good chance to win the House of Representatives in 2018.
But new polling shows Trump’s approval numbers rising and the Republicans catching up on the generic ballot poll of which party Americans want to see win control of Congress.
Customarily, Democrats have deployed Bill Clinton on the campaign trail to rally their base.
But not this year.
Because of the controversial #MeToo movement, Democrats have branded Clinton as “toxic” due to the numerous allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment made against him.
Democrats in swing races want no part of the 42nd President on the campaign trail.
“Democrats are looking to embrace the #MeToo moment and rally women to push back on President Donald Trump in the midterms—and they don’t want Bill Clinton anywhere near it.
In a year when the party is deploying all their other big guns and trying to appeal to precisely the kind of voters Clinton has consistently won over, an array of Democrats told POLITICO they’re keeping him on the bench. They don’t want to be seen anywhere near a man with a history of harassment allegations, as guilty as their party loyalty to him makes them feel about it.
“I think it’s pretty tough,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), vice chair of the House Progressive Caucus and one of the leading voices in Congress demanding changes in Washington’s approach to sexual harassment. His presence “just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats. And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was.”
After booting Sen. Al Franken precisely because they wanted to draw a clear contrast with Trump, Democrats across the party’s ideological and geographical spectrum acknowledged the political trouble that any appearance with Clinton would cause.
“I value the assets of what the Clintons can bring. He did a lot for Georgia when he was president,” added Georgia Democratic Chair DuBose Porter, treading delicately. “He carried Georgia. The personal side that is now being highlighted, we’ll have to measure.”
Privately, many Democratic politicians and strategists are harsher and firmer: Don’t come to their states, and don’t say anything about their campaigns. They are still worried about saying it out loud, but they don’t want him now, or maybe ever. They know Republicans would react by calling them — with good reason — hypocrites.”
Democrats ran into this problem in 2016.
Hillary Clinton could never shake Donald Trump’s charges that she protected her husband while trashing his accusers.
Pundits believe this helped depress Democrat turnout.
If the left suffers any similar drop in enthusiasm again, it will kill their chances to win back Congress in 2018.
So don’t expect to see much of Bill Clinton in the fall.
He is finally paying the price for a lifetime of scandal.