Hillary and Bill Clinton want to get BACK into politics following 'low ratings' in FX's Impeachment series and 'don't want to be pariahs anymore'
- Bill and Hillary Clinton are sensing an opportunity to get back into the political fray as the Democrats look to be heading into a devastating midterm this fall
- Politico Playbook reported Friday that the power couple believe their centrist, deal-making brand of politics could be useful
- They also believe that the public may have moved on from former President Bill Clinton's scandalous past
- Playbook pointed to how ratings for FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story - produced by Monica Lewinsky - were surprisingly low
- The Clintons, a bundler said, 'don't want to be pariahs anymore,' instead they want to be seen as a 'net positive, not a net negative'
- A WSJ op-ed saying Hillary Clinton would be an ideal candidate for 2024 was a 'gift' to her allowing the ex-candidate to gauge public sentiment, sources said
Bill and Hillary Clinton are sensing an opportunity to get back into the political fray as the Democrats look poised to be heading into a devastating midterm this fall.
They also believe that the public may have moved on from former President Bill Clinton's scandalous past, as the ratings for FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story - produced by Monica Lewinsky - were surprisingly low, Playbook said.
The Clintons, a bundler told Playbook, 'don't want to be pariahs anymore.'
'It's less about being kingmakers and more about being relevant and people seeing them as a net positive, not a net negative,' the source said.
Former President Bill Clinton (left) and former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (right) are sensing an opportunity to get back into the political fray as the Democrats look poised to be heading into a devastating midterm this fall
The Clintons believe that the public may have moved on from former President Bill Clinton's scandalous past, as the ratings for FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story were low. In the series, Clive Owen (left) plays Bill Clinton and Beanie Feldstein (right) plays Monica Lewinsky
Another source described their need to be involved in politics as a 'perpetual itch that will never go away.'
'They know how to slowly reenter,' the source said. 'The Clintons want to reset the board in their favor and then move the pieces.'
Bill Clinton was among the high-profile Democrats who attempted to convince moderate West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin that he should support filibuster reform.
The ex-president relished this opportunity, Playbook said, and has also been in touch with Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, another tough vote.
'I don't know her, but I like her,' Clinton reportedly said after his call with the Arizona lawmaker.
Sinema entered the House of Representatives in 2013, 13 years after Bill Clinton exited the White House.
The real Monica Lewinsky (left) and Bill Clinton (right) in 1998. He was captured on camera giving the White House intern in which he was having an affair a hug
Actress Beanie Feldstein portraying Monica Lewinsky in a scene recreating the moment for the FX series
Bill Clinton also pushed Biden to salvage his Build Back Better bill, which was derailed by Manchin before Christmas.
He said Biden could do this by focusing on a few items in the bill that Manchin wants.
'I told Joe, "Break it up, pick one or two [pieces] you can swallow and then run on the rest,' Clinton said about the phone call, a source with knowledge of the conversation told Playbook.
Another way the Clintons could flex their influence is by resurrecting the Clinton Global Initiative, the star-studded annual policy conference held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly every fall.
Due to questions about conflicts of interest, the Clinton Foundation announced in 2016 that that year's CGI would be the last.
It was also due to the fact that Hillary Clinton was on the presidential ballot that year.
Sources within Clintonworld say that there's no chance Hillary Clinton makes another run for the White House in 2024, but a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Doug Schoen floating her as an ideal candidate was considered a 'gift' for her rejuvenation.
It allowed her to gauge public sentiment as she aims to reenter the public arena as a surrogate for candidates in midterm races or take on policy fights, Playbook said.
'She's bored,' a longtime Clinton bundler said of the former Democratic nominee.