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Since declining comment yesterday on the woes of the governor of her adopted home state, Hillary Clinton has remained mum on this disgraced Democrat. (H/t Glenn Reynolds’ excellent list of links on this scandal.)
No wonder. This is a “nightmare for Hillary,” as Roger Simon puts it, since “this kind of public sexual hypocrisy reminds people of one person only more than others: William Jefferson Clinton.”
She just can’t come out and say Spitzer should resign. That might come across as forced and hypocritical given how she continually stood by her man when his various indiscrettions came to light.
This scandal makes Americans wonder if we want a repeat of the 1990s, having the drama of an unfaithful Chief Executive (in this case, First Spouse) back on center stage, along with the scandals associated with her husband’s Administration.
Democratic scandals remind voters of the downside of the Clinton years. And this particular one more so than many of the less reported ones.
UPDATE: In linking this post, Eugene Volokh finds it “hard to condemn” Hillary for her silence, finding it a “loyal” “kind” and “political savvy thing to do.” He offers other reasons for her silence, including this one: “Any substantive statements she makes on this topic seem likely to play into the common public image of her as schoolmarmish and scolding.” Good points all.