By Carole on Aug 5, 2010
A year ago former President Bill Clinton was sent to talk US Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) out of challenging Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) in the Democratic primary. Now after refusing the offer of an unpaid advisory job in the Obama administration in exchange for dropping out of the race and defeating Senator Specter in that primary, Mr. Clinton will appear at a Sestak rally next week.
But there's more to this story than the hypocritical endorsement by Mr. Clinton of a candidate who, at the request of the Obama administration, he tried to bribe away from running at all. There's the fact that Democratic candidates are opting for the support of and visits from a former president who has been out of office for a decade over the current Campaigner-In-Chief.
According to news sources, President Obama's aides are putting together an aggressive schedule to deploy Mr. Clinton at campaign and fundraising events in key states around the country leading up to the mid-term elections. The White House specifically wants to use him in states where President Obama is not particularly popular. (source)
While Mr. Clinton was effective in helping Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) hold off a strong primary challenge from a fellow Democrat, it's highly unlikely that even "the man from Hope" can save her in the general election. Ms. Lincoln currently trails Republican John Boozman by a whopping 19 points according to the latest poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. (source)
Also on Mr. Clinton's agenda before Election Day is Florida where the Democratic Party establishment's senate candidate Kendrick Meek is a distant third in the polls to "no party affiliated" Governor Charlie Crist and Republican Marco Rubio. And expect to see the former president getting involved in the Kentucky race as well where Democrat Jack Conway trails Republican and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul by 8 points. (source)
The list of states where President Obama is not particularly popular is growing rapidly and while former President Clinton remains a hero among true-blue Democrats, he's going to be hard-pressed to convince conservatives of any party and independent voters to elect those who will enable the job-killing, deficit raising, federal power grabbing Obama administration.
As Democratic candidates distance themselves from the current president as much and as quickly as they can, it will be interesting to see if the former president's help will truly be on behalf of the administration that is deploying him or some other potential 2012 presidential candidate.
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