Pondering Clinton's political shadow...
Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton is collecting endorsements for her presidential campaign as if the election is next month: the governor of Maryland, the National Women's Political Caucus, a pile of elected officials from around the country.
But now her Web site features the one endorsement that undeniably outshines all the others. Former President Bill Clinton, her husband, has recorded an almost five-minute video message in which he praises his wife's life and accomplishments.
No surprise. Any spouse worth the title should be expected to support the aspirations of a partner.
But Bill Clinton is not just any spouse. He is the embodiment of the best days many Democrats have known vis-a-vis the White House. Truth be told, in the private moments of hardcore Democrats, many of them would give anything to be able to vote for Bill Clinton again.
Which puts Hillary Clinton in a strange spot. Even her enemies would have to admit that, one way or another, she has risen to a place of prominence in American politics and has pursued legislation and deal-making on her own.
So how can Hillary Clinton best make use of her husband's influence without getting lost in his political shadow?
-- By Tom Foreman, CNN Correspondent