Some of the GOP's most favored attacks against Hillary Clinton don't seem to be working.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Thursday, Bill Clinton, the former secretary of State's husband and the 42nd president, doesn't have the negative effect on her favorability the GOP is hoping for. In fact, she leads her potential opponents by double digits.
Republicans, who anticipate Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, have gone on the offensive. Since she first ran for president, in 2008, invoking her husband has been one of the most dog-eared pages in their playbook, with the GOP arguing that she's been in politics too long and wouldn't be able to guide the country in a new direction. But the poll shows that, for most voters, that doesn't make a difference—and when it does, it's more often a positive.
Bill Clinton's scandalous presidency is also a favored Republican talking point. In a C-SPAN interview last year, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky questioned his character, implying that voters should recall the former president's affair with Monica Lewinsky and subsequent impeachment when deciding whether to vote for his wife. "Sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other," he said.