Hillary being hung out to dry by her own

Hillary Clinton has a lot fewer friends than she must have supposed.  In a stunning turn of events, people she should have been able to count on are turning on her in the wake of her mushrooming e-mail scandal. The way things are going, we may hear her warn of a “vast left wing conspiracy” against her.

Let’s start with the man who should be her stoutest defender: Bill Clinton.  CNN reports:

Former President Bill Clinton is staying out of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email address on a private server.

Asked by CNN's Dan Merica on Sunday in Miami whether his wife has been treated fairly, Clinton said: "I'm not the one to judge that. I have an opinion but I have a bias."

"I shouldn't be making news on this," he said.

He is far from alone among Democrats.  There’s not a lot of feminist sisterhood coming from the senior senator from California:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said that Clinton's status as the "pre-eminent political figure" in American politics requires her to explain herself.

"She needs to step up and come out and say what the situation is," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "From this point on, the silence is going to hurt her."

Formerly reliable media friends like lefty David Corn are saying awful things on TV:

In this instance, the Clinton campaign, such as it is, "Clintonland," they get into this defensive crouch, and they start looking at reporters like me who are on to the story and telling us things that are not true. I was told by a Clinton advocate working for her that everything was preserved by the State Dept., turns out it wasn't, they lied -- stuff that went to people outside the State Dept. were not preserved. 

So it is not just that the press is beating up on her, there is this awful dysfunction between the Clinton people and the press, as soon as she does something wrong, they get in a defensive crouch and they start saying things that aren't true, and instead of a level four fire it becomes a 13.

And it’s one thing for conservatives like Jeffrey Shapiro of the Washington Times to point out the comparison to Watergate:

Mrs. Clinton seems to have missed the most important lesson that everyone else learned from the Watergate scandal: The cover up is worse than the crime.

It is especially ironic since Mrs. Clinton started her legal career in Washington advising the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation.

But it’s quite another when an old friend like Ron Fournier...

I've known and respected the Clintons since the 1980s, when I covered state politics for the Arkansas Democrat (now the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) and the Associated Press. Over the years, they've been kind to my family, and my career obviously benefited from their rise. 

...starts pointing out:

... what the emails might reveal about any nexus between Clinton's work at State and donations to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation from U.S. corporations and foreign nations. (snip)

Is the foundation clean? Is it corrupt? Or is the truth in the muddy middle, where we so often find the Clintons? Due to the fact that Hillary Clinton chose to skirt federal regulations and house her State Department emails on an off-the-books server, even the most loyal Democrat can't honestly answer those questions without an independent vetting of her electronic correspondence.

Without those emails, we may never be able to follow the money. Could that be why she hasn't coughed up the server?

People on her side of the aisle are starting to shove her overboard:

Former California Democratic Party Chairman Bill Press says the growing email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton should convince members of his party that an uncontested coronation of Clinton as the party’s 2016 nominee for the White House is a very risky idea and should encourage other Democrats to throw their hats in the ring.

Press is a widely read columnist and television commentator who wrote about his concern over the Democrats essentially stepping aside for Clinton in his latest column. He’s been stunned by the number of Democrats content to allow Clinton a virtually uncontested path to the nomination.

“It dismays me as a former party chair of California, as an active Democrat all my life that we’re hearing, ‘Well, nobody should challenge Hillary Clinton because she is the most experienced person we’ve got. She’s the best candidate we’ve got. She has such a powerful political machine. She can’t possibly lose, so everybody else just get out of the way and hand her the nomination,’” said Press, who argued this is a rerun of a failed strategy.

“That’s exactly what we heard in 2008, and we know how that worked out,” he said. “I think the party’s making a huge mistake in not recruiting other people to run. A healthy, contested primary would be good for Hillary. It would be good for the other candidates. It would be good for the party.”

Saturday Night Live, with a long tradition of lethally hobbling candidates, stretching from Chevy Chase’s parodying Gerald Ford as a hapless clumsy oaf to Tina Fey’s devastating tarring of Sarah Palin, has taken on Hillary with its cold open, the most prominent satirical opportunity:

This is not how Hillary Clinton goes down! I mean, what did you think my e-mails said? ‘Hi, it’s Hillary, I really screwed up on Benghazi today.’ Please. HEH HEH HEH! I wasn’t born yesterday; I was born 67 years ago and I have been planning on being president ever since. There will be NO mistakes in my rise to the top—if I decide to run!?

I have to wonder if Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, ever instructed her in the old maxim, “Be nice to people on the way up, because you’ll meet them again on the way down.”  Hillary is known to inspire fear more than love among people playing the political game.  There’s a heaping helping of karma waiting for her.  The fact that once she is wounded, her putative allies begin distancing themselves ought to tell her something.  With only David Brock and Lanny Davis leaping to her defense, her troubles are only beginning.