Bubba Power: Bill Clinton Is The Only Politician That Angry Voters Still Love In 2014

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According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey, former president Bill Clinton is the only politician, Democratic or Republican that can swing voters towards a candidate in the midterm elections.

The survey found,

Former President Bill Clinton scored the best among eight prominent figures when registered voters were asked if a campaign endorsement would help or hurt a candidate.

An endorsement from Mr. Clinton would make 38% of people look at the candidate more favorably, compared to 24% who would take a less favorable view. No other politician in the survey had a net positive more than one percentage point, the mark earned by Mrs. Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.


But with campaigns targeting base voters, the partisan numbers may be more instructive than the universe of registered voters. Among Democrats, 70% say an endorsement from Mr. Clinton would leave a more favorable view of a candidate. Mrs. Clinton’s score was 65%, Mr. Obama’s 60% and Mrs. Obama’s 56%.

Interestingly, the most popular Republican (Mitt Romney) is nowhere near as popular within his party as all of the top Democrats surveyed are in theirs. The message is that if you are a red state Democratic senator who is trying to keep your seat, a visit from Bill Clinton could be exactly what is needed to put you over the top. Any Democrat in a state that President Obama carried twice would benefit from a visit from the President and the First Lady.

Red state Democratic senators are walking a line. They can’t afford to alienate Obama supporting Democrats. The incumbent Democrats need African-American voters in Louisiana, Arkansas, and North Carolina to turn out, but they are trying to distance themselves from a president who is deeply unpopular in their home states.

Bill Clinton has been the frequently turned to answer to this dilemma during the 2014 campaign. The Clintons bring national attention and donor dollars to every candidate that they campaign for. Bill Clinton’s presence can be deeply felt in the Kentucky Senate election, and the Clintons have been stumping in Iowa for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley.

Republicans have failed to make this election about Obama. They have tried everything from Obamacare to terrorism in order to nationalize the election. Republicans have struck out on every angle, so control of the Senate hinges on a handful of battlegrounds where Bill Clinton will be the biggest weapon the Democratic arsenal.

Control of the Senate may hinge on how many voters former president Clinton can persuade in these key states, and if there is one thing that Bill Clinton was put on this earth to do, it is to persuade voters.

4 Replies to “Bubba Power: Bill Clinton Is The Only Politician That Angry Voters Still Love In 2014”

  1. Let’s hope Bill can put Grimes in the Senate. We really need to send a message that McConnell’s intransigence will not go unpunished.

  2. The only thing I want Kentucky to do is GOTV! time for Mitch the ()itch to go! send him packin back to his Koch Masters. Vote! If we vote,We Win!!!!

  3. It’s a darn shame Kentucky couldn’t find a strong candidate to run against Mitch McConnell. Grimes is a two-faced *itch and just lost my vote when she wouldn’t open her mouth to the question whether she voted for President Obama. Bill Clinton is not a God and jobs sent overseas because of his arrogant behavior.

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