Does anyone besides me remember what happened in 2009, when Barack Obama campaigned in 3 or the off year contests? Democrats were favored to win all of them including the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey. Obama campaigned for three of the candidates but the only democrat to win was the one that Obama didn’t campaign for.
That was the Obama kiss of death that became the norm during his presidency. The democrats are now facing the Hillary Kiss of Death as she intends to play a major part in the 2018 elections. Like Obama, she is good for fundraising. Just ask Dr. Jill McCabe, who received nearly a half a million dollars from Clinton bagman, Terry McAuliffe. She is married to Andrew McCabe , the FBI official in charge of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Of course most democratic candidates don’t have spouses investigating the Clintons but they might get some money anyway. The truth is Hillary is trying to buy support for 2018. The more she gives candidates in 2018, the more favors she can call in in 2018. That’s because elected democratic officials hold the key to super delegates that have become as important or more important than the primaries.
Ellen Tauscher — a Clinton ally and former California congresswoman — along with a longtime aide Katie Merrill, have started a super PAC focused on seven of the so-called “split districts” in that state that voted for Clinton but backed a Republican candidate for the House.
Democrats are still mapping out a game plan for 2018 along with a message for their rudderless party. But another Clinton confidant said part of the plan might be to have Clinton campaign for candidates in the places where she won.
“No one can argue that Clinton helping in those areas wouldn’t be helpful,” the confidant said. “That is a priority for her.”
If Clinton hits the campaign trail, Republicans are ready to pounce. They say they would welcome Clinton’s presence on the stump because it would help GOP candidates.
“For 30 years, Hillary Clinton has essentially been Old Faithful for Republican candidates,” said Doug Heye, a Republican strategist. “Her continued prominence only helps GOP candidates with an electorate that historically is more favorable than what they faced in the last presidential election.
“The more Clinton weighs in and tries to tell voters ‘I’m baaaack,’ the more Republicans will tell her to keep on trucking,” Heye continued.