With Mr. Obama largely sidelined because of unpopularity, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton became their party’s most in-demand figures on the campaign trail. Between them, they visited 25 states for more than 30 Democratic candidates. Yet some of the candidates they care most about are in peril: Mr. Clinton visited his native Arkansas three times in the campaign’s final month, but his longtime friends running for governor (Mike Ross) and senator (Mark Pryor, the incumbent) are both underdogs. So is Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat challenging Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Ms. Grimes’s family has been close to the Clintons for over two decades, but there is only so much that Clinton-centered rallies, fund-raisers and commercials in these Republican-tilting states can do — raising the question of whether Mrs. Clinton, if she runs for the White House in 2016, will try to compete in states that backed her husband for president but embraced Republicans during the Obama years.
So if, as expected, Senator Mitch McConnell wins re-election on his way to becoming majority leader and Congressman Tom Cotton becomes Senator Tom Cotton with a sizable win over the hapless Mark Pryor, does that mean Mrs. Clinton doesn’t run in 2016?
Of course not. She is running even if every single candidate she campaigned beside is wiped out. She tried to be the Red Cross ambulance at the scene of so many Obama train wrecks, but to no avail.
But you do have to wonder, if she was really that inevitable and that popular, couldn’t she and Bill have pulled at least one of the president’s many Democratic victims to safety?