Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has baffled some pundits and suffered criticism in recent weeks for drudging up former President Bill Clinton’s “old news” White House sex scandal. But as the 2014 midterm election season heats up, it appears Paul realized something that was lost on many political wonks: As President Barack Obama’s policies become more and more of a death pill for Democratic candidates, the party is seeking endorsements to remind voters of the Democrats’ good ol’ days.
Clinton began campaigning on behalf of Democratic candidates this week, beginning with a stop in Paul’s home State of Kentucky. The former President’s goal there was to aid the candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Clinton family friend and Democratic contender for the seat held by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.
Clinton delivered a speech at a crowded Democratic fundraiser in Louisville Tuesday, paying very little lip service to the man who currently resides in the White House. While the former President did spend some time defending Obamacare, most of the speech was dedicated to deriding Republican “obstruction” in Washington.
“You know what in a sane environment people do when they have problems?” Clinton said. “They fix the problems. In the end, that’s really what Alison’s saying: ‘Send me to Washington, I’ll do something that makes sense, and I’ll fix it.’ The other choice is to just pout… and make as many problems as you can, stop anything good from happening — and if you can’t stop it, at least bad-mouth it.”
When Grimes spoke, she spent much of her time reminiscing about the Clinton years.
Reporting from the event, The Washington Post noted:
… Grimes never mentioned the health-care law in her nearly 30-minute speech, nor did she reference Obama. Instead, she spoke nostalgically about the Clinton presidency, summing up those eight years as “goodbye, recession; hello, prosperity.”
Today, she said, “Washington is broken and dysfunctional. … It’s not progress and prosperity that we see; it’s obstruction and gridlock.”
Grimes said that, like Clinton in 1992, she can bring “a new Southern face of leadership” to the Nation’s capital.
Meanwhile, Paul contends that Democrats should be embarrassed to run alongside the former President, who carried on an inappropriate relationship with a White House intern and later lied under oath.
“I think really having him as some sort of role model for the Democrat Party, it’s something they ought to rethink because there are a lot of people who don’t agree with those kind of values,” he told FOX News.
“I think he’s a bad role model for the workplace, for women’s rights, for all of that, and I think really they ought to be a little embarrassed to be associated or being seen with him.”