Bill and Hillary Clinton are reportedly upset that Huma Abedin is implicitly comparing herself to Hillary so much. "The Clintons are upset with the comparisons that the Weiners seem to be encouraging — that Huma is ‘standing by her man’ the way Hillary did with Bill, which is not what she in fact did," a New York Democrat tells the New York Post's Frederic U. Dicker. In private conversations with Democrats, Weiner and Abedin have cited the Clintons' example as proof he can win over voters in the New York City mayoral race. On CBS on Sunday, former Bill Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Meyers said the Clintons, "like many of us, would like to see" Weiner quit the race. (She followed up with an email saying, "I haven't spoken to either of them about the situation.") The Post's source says, "How dare they compare Huma with Hillary?" This is a fascinating question. How can they make the comparison between Huma and Hillary? Let's examine what they have in common, and what they don't.
"The Clintons are pissed off that Weiner’s campaign is saying that Huma is just like Hillary," the Post's Democrat says. "How dare they compare Huma with Hillary? Hillary was the first lady. Hillary was a senator. She was secretary of state."
It's true that Clinton's résumé is now far more illustrious than Abedin's. But when Gennifer Flowers claimed she'd had an affair with Clinton during the 1992 Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton was not secretary of state. Or a senator. She was the first lady of Arkansas, an unelected position. She had worked on the congressional committee investigating Watergate, and was an important lawyer in Arkansas.