Swallowing his disappointment over the abandonment of his legacy by Barack Obama, not to mention the repudiation of his leadership throughout his presidency by the Democratic Party, Bill Clinton launched himself into the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

I’m sure, as Mitt Romney, Artur Davis and Jay Cost have implied, that Clinton hates this chore. He will probably spend his time in the Badger State privately wishing he wasn’t carry the water for a party that has lurched massively into socialism since he left office (where its heart was for decades even before that). He may even send a text message or two to Scott Walker wishing him well on his “reform” agenda and assuring him it’s “nothing personal.” It’s a real shame that Bill and Hillary Clinton must rely on Republicans to fight for their legacy.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.