The Real Question Going Forward for Hillary

Image: Hillary Clinton Holds Press Conference Over Email Controversy
NEW YORK - MARCH 10: Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the media after keynoting a Women's Empowerment Event at the United Nations on March 10, 2015 in New York City. Clinton answered questions about recent allegations of an improperly used email account during her tenure as Secretary of State. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)Yana Paskova / Getty Images

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The question now for Hillary Clinton will be: How do Democrats view her response – and is it enough for them to begin to defend her?

Remember, the Democrats who have criticized her in recent days – Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin – simply said they wanted Clinton to EXPLAIN herself and end her silence.

Feinstein to "Meet The Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday: "She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republican or Democrat, for the next president...from this point on, the silence is going to hurt her."

Durbin on Morning Joe on Tuesday: “I’d like to hear her explanation. I think Dianne Feinstein was right – she should come forward and explain the situation.”

What would turn today’s very uneven response (and I’m being charitable) into a disaster is if we find Democrats who are still asking questions after today.