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July 29th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

Analysis: Will Weiner scandal affect Clinton?

If "Carlos Danger" was expecting an invite over to the Clinton's house for a little summer barbecue action, he probably shouldn't hold his breath.

The political power couple is reportedly livid with Anthony Weiner, after his latest sexting scandal and naughty nom de plume hit the headlines.

A source close to the Clintons said they are upset because they care about Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a long-time aid to the former secretary of state. The source further says their beef is not political, even though Weiner has been making allusions to the former president's indiscretions when discussing his own bid for redemption.

The notion that the Weiner scandal could leave a taint with Hillary Clinton is "preposterous," said CNN contributor Paul Begala, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Come 2016, voters will not base their vote on Clinton on the fact that her aide's spouse sent dirty pictures three years ago, said Begala.

"Three years is a really long time in politics, and hopefully for the good of America we've all forgotten about Anthony Weiner by then," said Michael Warren from The Weekly Standard.

But Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, said it will live a mark.

"It's a reminder of all the drama that surrounds the Clintons," said Page, who added that if Clinton runs for president, the impeachment and the Monica Lewinsky affair will surface as well.

For more analysis, check out the video above.


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