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Commentary: It's not Hillary's role to attack Sarah Palin

By Jane Condon
Special to CNN

Editor's Note: Jane Condon is a comedian who has appeared on "The View," "Girl's Night Out" and "Last Comic Standing." Visit her Web site.

GREENWICH, Connecticut (CNN) -- What's great about the campaign now is that I don't have a dog in the fight.

I am (and always will be) a Hillary Clinton supporter. Now that Our Girl has had her chance, I and many of the quiet women like me will vanish into the woodwork.

We never really were that political. We just knew she was the most qualified person running for president. And yes, she was a women, so we felt called to help her. (Finally, one of ours!)

She played in the big leagues, and she lost. Obama won and had every right to pick his own vice president. Well, we women felt a little dissed that he didn't even vet Our Girl. But again, that's his choice.

I believe if he'd picked Our Girl, he would have won the national election. (Eighteen million is a lot of voters. She, most likely, would have delivered Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Michigan to him.)

If Obama had picked Our Girl, most likely, Sarah Palin would not have been the vice presidential choice. Sensing the national hunger for a female candidate, however, the Republicans (or let's give the man credit -- John McCain) picked one instead.

Here's the tricky part. Women do not consider women interchangeable. Hillary and Sarah are about as far apart as two candidates could be. Hillary is pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-gay. Sarah is pro-life, pro-gun and anti-gay.

Hillary supporters would rarely become Sarah girls. But, out of curiosity, like the rest of America, they did listen to her convention speech. And, by any measure, Gov. Palin gave a helluva speech.

All her family challenges became positives. She had her Down syndrome child, and now she is the advocate for children with special needs. Her eldest son doesn't go to college? She's a military mom! He's going to Iraq! And her teenage daughter who became pregnant? Well, Sarah's messy family began to look like everyone else's messy family, and thus she awakened the quiet women of her party. The Conservative Christians. The Hockey Moms. They are so energized you can feel it.

I'll say this: I like the cut of your jib, Sarah Palin. You're smart and funny and feisty. I get the feeling that nobody pushes around The Sarah. (And we women are tired of being pushed around.)

I can't vote for you because we are on the opposite side of the issues. I don't vote for people just because they have a uterus. But I sincerely hope you and your quiet women have a great ride, just the way we did. Give 'em hell, Sarah!

This week, the drums are beating for Hillary to attack Sarah. I don't think she should. I don't think she would. Being the pit bull is the job of the vice presidential candidate.

Obama's people made their choice after a long, exhaustive search. I wish Sen. Joe Biden luck. Although he clearly has more knowledge and experience than the governor of Alaska, he has a delicate task ahead. If he uses too heavy a hand with Sarah, women will turn on him. I don't envy him his job.

How can Hillary help the ticket though? The dust will eventually settle on the Sarah phenomenon. Hillary should do as she has always done -- articulate the issues. Soldier on.

Trust the American people, in the end, to ask who is on their side. Who feels the same way about health care, taxes, the economy and Iraq? About gun control, gays and choice?

Hillary is reminding me to vote for the Democrats, because their issues and positions are my issues and positions. Tip O'Neill, late Speaker of the House, always said that people liked to be asked for their vote. That should be Hillary's job. Ask for our vote, and we will give it to you. Or perhaps I should say, your party.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.

Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.  


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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I think she has a valid point, if Obama would have picked Hillary, the Palin would be all that less of a stunt. On the other hand, Hillary does have to remind the women who supported her what the difference is between simply choosing a woman because she is a woman and choosing the best candidate is. Black people have already had that choice, and when it was over, we supported the party candidate in full flavor.
I was not privileged to the conversations between Senator Obama and Senator Clinton.

I do think we will soon learn the quality of Senator Clinton's support for Senator Obama's candidacy.

Notably, Senator Clinton did not ask her reported 18 million to help her with her reported 25 million dollar debt.

She asked Senator Obama.

Senator Obama...and his campaign...are smart to not ask Senator Clinton to 'attack' Governor Palin.

I can see the headlines now....'CAT FIGHT!!!'

Not good.

I get the feeling that Governor Palin, and/or Senator McCain are about to 'step on their tongue'.

Throwing this kind of personal conflict 'on the table' is dangerous fodder.

PEACE

Jim Chester
HRC was always a false choice. If you think Palin is galvanizing the Republican base, what do you think Clinton would have done. They had 16 years worth of rumor, inuendo and smear ready to go....

It's very much is in HRC's interest to take on Palin more forcefully than she's done, for her own political future viability.

Excluding the AfAm community, Obama's supporters
are more likely younger on average, than HRC's middle-class, middle age and 60+ female supporters (recognizing she does have a lot of male union support also). Voters are unlike politicians who "get over" much quicker what politicians do to each other. Does anybody think these folks are going to forget HRC's half-inspired attempts on behalf of Obama, should her turn come around in 4 years?

...never mind AfAm voters.
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Originally posted by TruthSeeker:

HRC was always a false choice. If you think Palin is galvanizing the Republican base, what do you think Clinton would have done. They had 16 years worth of rumor, inuendo and smear ready to go....



yeah

forget hillary,

but why aren't the party heavy hitters out there taking jabs at McCain? Pelosi? Harry Reid? Barbara Boxer? Charles Rangel? Howard Dean? The only one i've seen is Wesley Clark

let me guess, they're friends of mccain and deeply respect the maverick too? Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
quote:
Originally posted by TruthSeeker:

HRC was always a false choice. If you think Palin is galvanizing the Republican base, what do you think Clinton would have done. They had 16 years worth of rumor, inuendo and smear ready to go....



yeah

forget hillary,

but why aren't the party heavy hitters out there taking jabs at McCain? Pelosi? Harry Reid? Barbara Boxer? Charles Rangel? Howard Dean? The only one i've seen is Wesley Clark

let me guess, they're friends of mccain and deeply respect the maverick too? Roll Eyes

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Just keep in mind that all politicans are friends no matter the difference in politics. This is all a game and this is what they do for a living.
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Originally posted by Cholly:
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
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Originally posted by TruthSeeker:

HRC was always a false choice. If you think Palin is galvanizing the Republican base, what do you think Clinton would have done. They had 16 years worth of rumor, inuendo and smear ready to go....



yeah

forget hillary,

but why aren't the party heavy hitters out there taking jabs at McCain? Pelosi? Harry Reid? Barbara Boxer? Charles Rangel? Howard Dean? The only one i've seen is Wesley Clark

let me guess, they're friends of mccain and deeply respect the maverick too? Roll Eyes

------------------------------------------------

Just keep in mind that all politicans are friends no matter the difference in politics. This is all a game and this is what they do for a living.


yeah
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
quote:
Originally posted by TruthSeeker:

HRC was always a false choice. If you think Palin is galvanizing the Republican base, what do you think Clinton would have done. They had 16 years worth of rumor, inuendo and smear ready to go....



yeah

forget hillary,

but why aren't the party heavy hitters out there taking jabs at McCain? Pelosi? Harry Reid? Barbara Boxer? Charles Rangel? Howard Dean? The only one i've seen is Wesley Clark

let me guess, they're friends of mccain and deeply respct the maverick too? Roll Eyes


my guess is that they don't want to create fodder for McCain's next attack --> "don't give the country a liberal president (Obama) to go with the liberal congress blah, blah, blah."

of course, this puts to lie the McCain notion as some "reformer" shaking up Washington. By any political account, Congress will be more Democratic, not less, come November. So just who would dude shaking and reforming? nono


...if Americans would just stop and think, this election would be over in like, 15 minutes.
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
What i mean is BamBam seem to be out there on his own... shouldn't the party bigwigs be all on television and radio putting McCain to shame and pointing out McCain's flaws?


and where is Biden?


Republicans have all kinda people taking swipes at BamBam and he ain't got no help? Frown


Yes, I've noticed a lessening of TV appearances by Obama's talking heads, too. Given that Congresses ratings' (Pelosi, et al) are lower than Bush's, it might be a good thing.

Besides, the way McCain's people are bloviating, and starting to overplay their hand w/these side issues, it might ok for Obama to roll like he is for now.

As for Biden....he clearly needs to go home, sit down and get his mind right. If he trips out like that again, he'll likely get a call from Michelle. stck
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Originally posted by TruthSeeker:
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
What i mean is BamBam seem to be out there on his own... shouldn't the party bigwigs be all on television and radio putting McCain to shame and pointing out McCain's flaws?


and where is Biden?


Republicans have all kinda people taking swipes at BamBam and he ain't got no help? Frown


Yes, I've noticed a lessening of TV appearances by Obama's talking heads, too. Given that Congresses ratings' (Pelosi, et al) are lower than Bush's, it might be a good thing.

Besides, the way McCain's people are bloviating, and starting to overplay their hand w/these side issues, it might ok for Obama to roll like he is for now.

As for Biden....he clearly needs to go home, sit down and get his mind right. If he trips out like that again, he'll likely get a call from Michelle. stck


That's why I didn't buy it for a second when Dems thought these Palin scandals are going to sink McCain and expected Obama to unleash his inner African lion by September. The Dems seem hellbent on finding a way to funk this up just like in 2000 and 2004. We're repeating the Nixon-Ford-[insignificant space]-Reagan era all over again. This time even worse because Bush and McCain make Richard Nixon look like a bleeding-heart socialist. One nearly unbroken chain of increasingly far right politics since 1968 with only the unmemorable Jimmy Carter and the nearly moderate Republican Bill Clinton as a brief reprieve.

But I guess even if the Dems lose it's all good in the hood for them anyway. Like they say, they're such good friends of the president and the GOP and the Democratic Congress has made it crystal clear that "impeachment is off the table".
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Originally posted by TruthSeeker:
Excluding the AfAm community, Obama's supporters
are more likely younger on average, than HRC's middle-class, middle age and 60+ female supporters (recognizing she does have a lot of male union support also). Voters are unlike politicians who "get over" much quicker what politicians do to each other. Does anybody think these folks are going to forget HRC's half-inspired attempts on behalf of Obama, should her turn come around in 4 years?

...never mind AfAm voters.


"Excluding AfAm voters"? :confused

Who else would be so offended? 19
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Originally posted by James Wesley
I can see the headlines now....'CAT FIGHT!!!'

Not good.



I'd love to see women, representing each party, competing for voters' support. We shouldn't discourage this from taking place because we fear the comments of a sexist news media. At some point, it's going to happen, and it needs to happen until it becomes the norm. Hopefully, in the near future, women representing diverse parties, will take the lead, compete, and debate the issues for the president's job and other leadership positions in the national and international community.
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