Hil­lary’s prob­lem

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Hil­lary Clin­ton has a man prob­lem. No, no, not that kind of man prob­lem. And not the man prob­lem she had in mind when she ac­cused her ri­vals of ‘pil­ing on’ at the de­bate de­ba­cle. Her man prob­lem comes from her friends,” New York Daily News colum­nist Michael Good­win writes.

“Friends like Gov. [Eliot] Spitzer, who has thrown her the hottest po­lit­i­cal potato of the year with his plan to give driver’s li­censes to il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

“Friends like booster Char­lie Ran­gel, the Har­lem con­gress­man whose mas­sive tax-hike pro­posal is fast be­com­ing a mill­stone around her po­lit­i­cal neck.

“And the big­gest man prob­lem of all is Hubba Bubba, who is de­vel­op­ing a habit of say­ing stupid things. A bimbo erup­tion would al­most be comic re­lief com­pared with his non­sense of say­ing that crit­ics who blast wifey’s habit of duck­ing tough is­sues are prac­ti­cally ‘Swift-boat­ing’ her. He fol­lowed that turkey with a free-as­so­ci­a­tion ram­ble to an Iowa au­di­ence that seemed to sug­gest the rough and tum­ble of the im­mi­gra­tion de­bate re­sem­bled al Qaeda tac­tics. [. . .]

“Time to get out the muz­zle and the med­i­ca­tion. With friends like th­ese, Hil­lary can’t re­ally call Barack Obama and John Ed­wards en­e­mies. It’s Spitzer, Ran­gel and Bubba she should fear.

“That’s be­cause her re­ac­tions to the prob­lems they handed her re­call Bill Clin­ton’s trou­bled pres­i­dency. Mem­o­ries of scan­dal, po­lar­iza­tion and blame are rush­ing back, with the last two weeks serv­ing as both a mir­ror on the past and a win­dow on the fu­ture. In­creas­ingly, it seems a sec­ond Clin­ton pres­i­dency would be very much like the first one in all the worst ways.”

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