In the fall, reporters commented that Biden’s numbers had entered Hillary Clinton territory in the polls.
While Hillary Clinton’s numbers were bad then during the election campaign, they’ve gone up to 43% with a 36% disapproval.
Biden could only dream of numbers like that.
Biden and Clinton have not always been close — she elbowed him out of running in 2016 — but the president is thirsty for allies right now. His approval numbers are at an all-time low, and he is running neck and neck with a Republican front-runner, former President Donald Trump, who is under indictment in four separate cases.
Clinton is popular with women and key parts of the Democratic base and remains a fundraising draw who can help ensure Biden has the money to get his message out. There is still a two-for-the-price-of-one theme when it comes to her family: Husband Bill Clinton made a cameo at the fundraising event at their Washington home.
The White House recently hired Dennis Cheng, a longtime fundraiser for both Clintons, to bolster its outreach to political allies. The hire had more to do with Cheng’s ability to connect with party elites than his relationship with the Clintons, the two people familiar with Biden’s re-election campaign said, but it won’t hurt in sealing the bond between Biden and his onetime intraparty rival.
What do the Clintons get in exchange for this? Remember, the Clintons recently rebooted the Clinton Global Initiative in a high-profile way. But why would anyone put in the cash unless the Clintons suddenly have their magical government powers again?
And in 3-2-1.
The same day Hillary Clinton raised money for Biden, her husband sat down to lunch in New York with Argentina’s President-elect, Javier Milei and former Sen. Chris Dodd, who is Biden’s special adviser for the Americas. In doing so, Bill Clinton served as a high-profile surrogate for Biden, who did not meet with Milei. Dodd checked in with the White House before the lunch to go over discussion points, and Bill Clinton alerted the State Department that he would be meeting with Milei, said people familiar with the lunch.
Appointing Bill Clinton as a surrogate to a foreign leader means that the Clintons are back in the game and the Clinton Global Initiative has value again.
People close to Hillary Clinton anticipate she’ll be a tireless campaigner for the Biden campaign, rallying Democratic voters by laying out the stakes and explaining why a Trump victory could subvert America’s democratic norms.
Both she and Bill Clinton feel a degree of loyalty to the Democratic Party that not everyone in the party’s orbit shares, a person close to her said.
“She and her husband will do whatever is asked of them,” this person said. “Some elected [officials] and former elected [officials] are, ‘Send us a list and we’ll do two out of the 20’” events. “She’ll do 18 out of the 20.”
The Clintons just got back in the game and they’re already spreading rumors and innuendo and they’re already hooking up with foreign leaders.
This is bad, sure. But it’s still less bad than 2020 when Biden outsourced his future administration to Elizabeth Warren. It does mean that if Biden gets back into office, the Clintons will own a sizable part of his administration and what’s left of his soul.