Cock an ear toward downtown Atlanta and listen closely.
That sound you don’t hear is the pitter-patter of Democratic footsteps running away from Bill Clinton.
Former President Bill Clinton/Associated Press
The former president arrives Thursday evening as the star of a fundraiser for Mike Thurmond, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. The base price of entry is a solid grand —$2,400 if you want a photo with the great man.
Thurmond is running against Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson, the best-funded candidate on the November ballot, and could use the cash.
Clinton’s visit comes a neat month after a similar foray South by President Barack Obama — which prompted weeks of debate over who could afford to be seen with him, and who couldn’t.
Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes decided he ought to be seen elsewhere.
Clinton has set off no similar talk of a stampede.
Polling hints at, but does not fully explain the difference between the two men.
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