Former President Bill Clinton was in Kentucky on Tuesday to raise money for Alison Lundergan Grimes' challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell. The chances of the current occupant of the White House following in his predecessor's footsteps? Roughly zero percent.
Such is the fine line any Democrat running for federal office in a state like Kentucky must walk -- particularly in a midterm election like this one. Being a Clinton Democrat (perceived to be centrist, southern and not heavily partisan) is appealing. Being an Obama Democrat (seen by Kentuckians as liberal and reflexively partisan) is a non-starter. That explains why Lundergan Grimes stood next to Clinton on Tuesday but never even mentioned President Obama or his signature health care law in her speech.
Marc Murphy, a cartoonist for the Louisville Courier Journal and a Fix favorite, perfectly captured what Lundergan Grimes is trying to do in the race in this cartoon.