Lodging an attack on Hillary Clinton might also be an attack on a potential vote come Nov. 8, and GOP incumbent senators fighting for their political lives need all the help they can get.
Several Republicans who could very easily lose their reelection bid have turned their focus instead on their opponent and have decided to leave Hillary alone, The Hill reported.
Such is the strategy when you're dodging rather than embracing your own candidate who's getting crushed in most polls.
"Their political dilemma is that if Trump is unqualified to be president, Clinton is the only real alternative left and they cannot tout her. So, their strategy is to localize and personalize the race in the hope of insulating themselves from what seems increasingly likely to be a Clinton win," Cal Jillson, a political science professor told The Hill.
To wit, according to The Hill:
- Rob Portman's campaign has recruited from Clinton rallies in Ohio;
- Pat Toomey has an ad featuring praise from Tim Kaine, Clinton's running mate;
- Kelly Ayotte is preaching bipartisanship in New Hampshire;
- Marco Rubio is touting the "Democrats for Marco" coalition in Florida.
Any vote is a good vote in a stormy election.
Further, Republicans on Capitol Hill have already started warming up to a Clinton presidency.
"I can do two things at once. I can criticize and I can cooperate," Sen. Lindsey Graham told The Hill. "I don't see that they're inconsistent."
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