If you are wearing a raincoat and thick gloves to protect you from the mud, don't miss the stories in The Hill and elsewhere about Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill MORE (R-Ky.) taking a Monica Lewinsky cheap shot at the highly popular former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonWe must act now and pass the American Health Care Act Trump's message: Russia First or America First? Senate Democrats should grill Judge Gorsuch on antitrust. Here's how. MORE.
In my last column, I warned Republicans about what I called the Benghazi disease, which is the obsessive pursuit of right-wing fetish stories that backfire against the GOP.
After an eternity of failed efforts by the GOP to promote the Benghazi story, Clinton still polls far better than her likely opponents. Does Paul seriously believe that American voters want to hear about Lewinsky? Is Paul so dependent on right-wing, Clinton-hating zealots that he believes it is smart politics to attack such a popular former president over a puny issue such as the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal that voters have long ago forgotten?
Paul is imploding. Lowbrow attacks such as this are unworthy of anyone seeking the presidency of the United States. They turn the idea of a Rand Paul presidency into a late-night comedian's joke.
Paul should know better than to attack Bill Clinton over Monica Lewinsky, and voters know better than to take him seriously for the presidency.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.