Bill Clinton has been a fixture on the campaign trail for nearly 30 years.
He was the go-to Democrat for candidates in tight races.
But now his sex scandals finally caught up with him in a way that no one could believe.
Bill Clinton stayed away from the campaign trail in 2018.
That’s because no Democrat wants to be seen with him.
The New York Times reports:
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.
The former president, once such a popular political draw that he was nicknamed his party’s “explainer-in-chief,” has only appeared at a handful of private fund-raisers to benefit midterm candidates, according to people close to him.
He added one more last week, headlining a Wednesday evening fund-raiser in New York City last week to benefit the campaign of Mike Espy, Mr. Clinton’s former agriculture secretary who is running for Senate in Mississippi. Mr. Espy’s campaign declined to comment on the event.
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. 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.
A Clinton appearance invites questions about his sex scandal, and in the #MeToo era, Clinton’s past is now problematic.
Democrats are depending on women to vote for them in 2018.
Questions about Clinton’s sex scandals helped Trump win the white female vote in 2016.
If Republicans repeat that margin in 2018, Democrats will fall short of taking back the house.
So the Democrats sidelined Clinton.
We will keep you-up-to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.