Ever since Labor Day, Bill and Hillary barnstormed the country, appearing with every last Democratic candidate as they publicly hijacked the helm of the Democratic Party away from Barack Obama.
But now, after voters repudiated them and trounced their Democratic favorites, Hillary and Bill have gone dark. Very dark.
They’re nowhere to be found.
There are several obvious reasons why the Clintons have disappeared – without even a single twitter to the Democratic Party stalwarts who had counted on them to convincing voters to reject the GOP. They’re AWOL and here’s why:
First, after all of the hype about how the Clintons would stop the GOP tidal wave and save the Senate, the elections were a disaster and there is no evidence that Bill and Hillary helped anywhere. Everyone gets that.
Even Arkansas, where Bill Clinton traveled seven times to campaign for the Democratic Senate, House, and gubernatorial candidates, it was a debacle: Every one of them was defeated!
Now that’s embarrassing!
For the first time in 114 years, there is not a single Democratic member of Congress from Arkansas. Bill Clinton can’t get the dog catcher elected down there. Those polls he told everyone to ignore came back to haunt him.
It’s official” Bill Clinton’s “magic” has vanished and the “Clinton Democrats” are extinct.
So its not surprising that Bill doesn’t want to talk about the shellacking he took in his home state, the one he thought he owned. He’ suffered the equivalent of a political eviction. He’s out. The era of big Bill Clinton controlling Arkansas is over. And he knows it.
That has to hurt.
And by the way, it is not fun to be around the Clintons when they lose. They kind of take things personally, especially Bill. So usually there’s a lot of cursing and blaming everybody and anybody. Gee, who might be the target of his wrath this time? Could it be the President of the United States?
Hillary’s reaction to defeat is utter confusion. After last week, the ground below her has shaken. and Hillary has never been adept at traversing new landscapes. She in not an instinctive politician. That brings us to the second reason for hiding out: Hillary needs extensive polling to tell her exactly where to go next and how to explain what happened. Then she needs her operatives to devise an updated strategy based on the polling and giver her new talking points,
That’s what she’s doing now. Figuring out how to spin it.
After the routing of the Democrats in 1994 , when both houses turned Republican, Hillary said that she didn’t know what to think any more, didn’t trust her own instincts anymore.Most likely, she’s in the same state of mind once again.
Last time, she apologized for the role that her advocacy of health care might have played in the Democratic losses.
Don’t expect anything like that this time. Instead, she’ll use polling to find the perfect explanation for her resounding defeats. Something like “It’s Obama’s fault – it had nothing to do with Hillary. These were just protest votes.”
Of course, it had nothing to do with Hillary.
But exit polls show that while voters certainly didn’t like Obama and his policies, but they didn’t like Hillary either.
So for now, the Clintons are regrouping, trying to find out just how to navigate the new political waters.. But the Clintons never go away, so watch for them to resurface armed with brand new spin for themselves and their operatives.
But make no mistake about it” To paraphrase Hillary, Don’t let anyone tell you that voters don’t create damaged goods. They do.
And make no mistake about it” Hillary is damaged goods.