“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.”
Guy problems. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton