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Of course these days everything reduces to the Democratic presidential primary. Thus, what are the implications of the "Client Nine" scandal for the race? Rosa Brooks wonders what Hillary Clinton will say:

Quick reaction: I think this is actually a complicated one for Hillary. Spitzer isn't just any prominent Democrat who happens to support her; he's a close ally from her adopted home state of New York. And prominent men caught in sex scandals isn't a new one for Hillary. How she handles this will tell us something, perhaps, not just about Spitzer, but about how's she's come to define herself ... as a woman in a world where a few too many of the prominent men around still think it's OK to do this kind of thing.

In the real world, I'm pretty sure Clinton's just going to try to avoid commenting publicly. I wonder, though, if this won't make people worry about the fact that putting Bill Clinton back in the White House seems to raise the possibility of once again having a Democratic administration derailed by a sex scandal.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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