Hillary Clinton is doing another campaign push for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, but she’s apparently being careful not to take on Republican VP hopeful Sarah Palin in any way that might signal “cat fight” to those media types watching for any hint of strife between Clinton and Palin that might be cleverly reimagined using fun and original gendered terminology.
The Boston Globe:
“Don’t hold your breath. It’s not going to happen,” wrote Howard Wolfson, her former campaign communications director, in a blog post on the New Republic’s website. “It’s not in Hillary Clinton’s interest, and it’s certainly not in the interest of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.”
Clinton, who came closer to the presidency this year than any woman in history, has been watched closely in the days since Palin electrified the conservative base with her convention speech last week and began helping GOP nominee McCain draw crowds in the thousands. In the last several days, leading Democratic women including Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Senator Barbara Boxer of California have drawn sharp contrasts between Obama’s and Palin’s positions on abortion, global warming, and other issues, but Clinton has only done so obliquely.
“Women as well as men make their decisions after they weigh the evidence,” Clinton told a 500-person rally [Monday] in Kissimmee, Fla., according to the Associated Press. “As Americans go into that voting booth, what they have to ask themselves is not so much who am I for, as who is for me? And I don’t think it’s an even close question that we have the ticket that is going to do the best job in restoring the American promise.”