Democrats Don’t Want First Black Presidents Helping with Mid-Term Races
Remember when Bill Clinton’s doo doo didn’t stink? The time when Clinton was called the “first black president”?
Iconic black writer Toni Morrison wrote an article in the New Yorker which referenced the moniker for which Clinton became known.
African-American men seemed to understand it right away. Years ago, in the middle of the Whitewater investigation, one heard the first murmurs: white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas. And when virtually all the African-American Clinton appointees began, one by one, to disappear, when the President’s body, his privacy, his unpoliced sexuality became the focus of the persecution, when he was metaphorically seized and body-searched, who could gainsay these black men who knew whereof they spoke? The message was clear: “No matter how smart you are, how hard you work, how much coin you earn for us, we will put you in your place or put you out of the place you have somehow, albeit with our permission, achieved. You will be fired from your job, sent away in disgrace, and—who knows?—maybe sentenced and jailed to boot. In short, unless you do as we say (i.e., assimilate at once), your expletives belong to us.”
Wow. What a ringing endorsement of Bill Clinton’s “blackness”.
He grew up poor, like ALL blacks, right. Lord knows white people didn’t grow up poor in America. They all had silver spoons removed from their asses, after the doctor spanked them.
So Bill Clinton got a serious pass, and the race card to boot.
Fast-forward 20+ years to when Hillary Clinton called Bill Clinton her “not so secret weapon”.
Apparently, things have changed in how Bill Clinton is perceived by his party. The man who’s infidelities 20 years ago were defended by the Left, now suddenly have the Septuagenarian in the hot seat.
Bill Clinton has become persona non grata. Too much toxic masculinity, perhaps?
According to Townhall,
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) dodged a question Monday from MSNBC’s Katy Tur on whether former president Bill Clinton is someone he would invite to campaign for Democratic candidates in light of the recent interview he gave where he stood by his actions in the Lewinsky scandal.
“Talking about Bill Clinton,” Tur asked, “he did that interview with my colleague Craig Melvin today. Is he somebody that you would invite to campaign for one of your candidates?”
“Our candidates are going to makes decisions on surrogates that are going to be traveling out to their districts as well and so we will be leaving it up to our candidates,” Lujan replied, “but I would say that especially with all that’s going on across America, it’s about time that we are having this important conversation about #MeToo and the #TimesUp and I think that that’s something that’s going to play out importantly across America.”
Interestingly, a pundit on MSNBC blamed Clinton for ruining Al Gore’s election back in 2000 due to the Lewinsky affair.
In 2008 Clinton was accused of thwarting Barack Obama when Clinton said that Obama had gotten as many votes as Jesse Jackson. Personally, I liked the statement to Kennedy, where he said essentially, “Not long ago, Obama would have been fetching our drinks.”
Finally, Bill Clinton is accused of wrecking his own wife’s campaign by boarding the plane of Loretta Lynch to discuss golf and grandchildren.
Say what you will about Bill Clinton, but isn’t the more relevant Clinton Hillary?
Think anybody will ask that Hillary Clinton join on the stump? I’m betting no.
So Democrats don’t want Bill, nor do they want Hillary. I guess they will bring Obama off the bench?
Here is what Politico predicted in Jan of this year:
Obama isn’t expecting to make campaign appearances until the fall, people who’ve been working on the plans say, and when he does, he will take cues from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in looking for endorsements and appearances that play up redistricting. He already has pending requests from the DNC, the NDRC, Organizing for Action, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but he hasn’t yet committed to dates.
The most likely stops will be where races for governor, or perhaps Senate, overlap with competitive races for the House and state legislature. Obama won’t endorse in primaries, but once he does weigh in, will be open to a range of ways to help, from rallies like the one he did for Ralph Northam in the Virginia governor’s race to the robocall he recorded for Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race.
“He’s going to be out there for candidates, he’ll be out there helping us in meaningful ways, not just in fundraising,” Perez said. “The guy was a state senator in ’04, and he was president of the United States four years later. He knows something about winning elections and building a brand.”
That’s gobbletygoop for Obama is too toxic to be seen as an across the board Democrat campaigner.
At best, the Democrats can selectively use Obama, mostly for fundraising. But his theoretical wide appeal is hogwash.
When you can’t campaign with the supposed two top dogs, what does that tell you? Trust me, the Democrats are well aware.