Republicans fighting to retake control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections fear Bill Clinton as a popular, vote-getting, fundraising-powerhouse threat to their aspirations. Enter Anthony Weiner, who Republicans hope could be their own not-so-secret weapon next year. ..

So the National Republican Republican Senatorial Committee opened up with both barrels Tuesday on Democrats who might be looking for Clinton’s help, using Weiner’s troubles to recall accusations of sexual misconduct by the former president. Yep, there was even a reference to Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Clinton was at the heart of his 1998 impeachment. …

“Democrats can’t have it both ways when it comes to the treatment of women and they should have the courage to condemn any politician that assaults, harasses, or exploits women,” he continued. “Anthony Weiner’s behavior toward women certainly is no worse than Bill Clinton’s and Democratic candidates lose all credibility preaching about a so-called ‘War on Women’ while standing alongside Bill Clinton to raise money and boost their campaign war chests.”

While the immediate goal is 2014, the overall strategy has the feel of a war game for Hillary Clinton’s potential run for the White House in 2016.