SPOUSE RIVALRY

Hillary's Rough Patch

She may be the Secretary of State, but is Hillary Clinton living in her husband’s shadow? “My husband is not the Secretary of State—I am,” she seethed to a questioner in Congo Monday. “If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.” (The translator actually misspoke, and the questioner was asking for President Obama’s opinion.) Nevertheless, the comment was a momentary glimpse of anger, but it may reveal the way Hillary is handling what’s been a rough few months. Clinton fractured her elbow in a fall this spring and later complained publicly about the White House's slow vetting process for candidates she supports. She was also passed over to accompany Obama on his trip to Moscow, and Joe Biden has all but taken the reins in foreign policy in Afghanistan. And now, though Clinton has spent a grueling few months traveling from Thailand to India to Africa to negotiate with world leaders, it’s her husband’s recent humanitarian mission to North Korea to free Laura Ling and Euna Lee that’s getting all the attention.