Hillary Clinton could be a powerful surrogate heading into the 2018 midterm elections, but the question is: Which party would she help more?
According to The Hill, Hillary is ready and willing to head out on the stump for Democrats next year, and more than a few Republican strategists are urging her to saddle up.
One of those strategists, Doug Heye, told The Hill that GOP candidates should be celebrating Hillary’s imminent return to politics.
“For 30 years, Hillary Clinton has essentially been Old Faithful for Republican candidates,” said Heye. “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.”
But The Hill spoke to several Democrat operatives who think the failed 2016 candidate still has a lot to offer on the campaign trail:
“She’s very well aware of how she performed in those districts,” said one longtime Clinton confidant who has spoken to the former Democratic nominee.
“She knows she won Darrell Issa’s district by 8,” the confidant said, referring to the California Republican who is a top Democratic target. “She knows she came close in about a handful of others. She has studied this stuff thoroughly.”
Democrats are focused on the Golden State as they seek to win back the House majority.
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.”
The key phrase in this piece is “rudderless party.” And while we have our doubts as to how much Hillary can help the Democrats, their real problem is that they have no legitimate message to deliver to the voters other than, Uh, you guys hate Trump too, right? That’s not going to get it, as the Georgia special election proved. If they can’t come up with a compelling reason for non-hysterical libtards to vote for them, they don’t have a chance in hell of flipping the House, with or without Mrs. Clinton.