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NYTimes Report: Bill Clinton Resignation to Become 2020 Litmus Test

It’s a dramatic and shameful fall from grace for the once highly sought after “explainer in chief,” who led the Democratic Party for years.

By NTK Staff | 11.02.2018 @10:00am
NYTimes Report: Bill Clinton Resignation to Become 2020 Litmus Test

The New York Times published an absolutely searing profile on former President Bill Clinton on Friday, highlighting his fall from grace among the party faithful he once inspired.

At the story’s core is the theory that Clinton’s past actions, both on the personal and policy front, have made him unpalatable to today’s Democratic Party, which more often than not demands ideological purity from its candidates.

As Democrats search for their identity in the Trump era, one aspect has become strikingly clear: Mr. Clinton is not part of it. Just days before the midterm elections, Mr. Clinton finds himself in a kind of political purgatory, unable to overcome past personal and policy choices now considered anathema within the rising liberal wing of his party.

Just a small handful of candidates are even willing to associate with Clinton in 2018, and those prefer to do it privately. Clinton’s former agriculture secretary, Mike Espy, is running for Senate in Mississippi. Clinton attended a New York fundraiser for Espy last week, but his campaign wouldn’t discuss Clinton with the Times.

Others are outright refusing to let Clinton “help.” And one state party stripped his name from an annual fundraising dinner:

Mr. Clinton’s offers to campaign last year for Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, were rebuffed. Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, did not ask the president to campaign for him, after Mr. Clinton called with congratulations on his primary win.

In August, the New Hampshire Democratic Party stripped Mr. Clinton’s name from its annual fall dinner, changing it from the “Kennedy-Clinton Dinner” to the “Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner.” The state party chairman, Raymond Buckley, said the new name is aimed at highlighting the party’s “steadfast commitment to electing Democratic women.”

Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was asked about her husband’s sexual misconduct during at least two national interviews this month, as she tried to advocate for 2018 Democrats. She told CNN that there’s “a significant difference” between the accusations made against her husband and those against President Trump.

And during a CBS News interview, she argued President Clinton should “absolutely” not have resigned after the Lewinsky affair. That’s a position that potential 2020 Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) took, and one that the Times noted could become a key issue among presidential candidates next year.

Several party strategists who have been in discussions with Democrats weighing presidential bids suggested that reckoning with Mr. Clinton’s legacy could become a litmus test in the 2020 primary race, with candidates being asked whether he should have resigned after the affair became public.

Despite Clinton’s decision to remain on the sidelines during 2018, it’s clear that his troubles still plague the Democratic Party and likely will for the foreseeable future.

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