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Clinton Narrowly Dodges Joint Appearance With Palin

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Posted on Sep 17, 2008
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Hillary Clinton apparently would rather not deal with Sarah Palin, but she was nearly ambushed by the Alaska governor at a New York rally. Organizers didn’t tell Clinton they’d invited another special guest, and the New York senator backed out when she heard the news. True to form, Palin and friends responded with ready-made indignation.

Last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” sketch is looking more and more prescient.


Boston Globe / Political Intelligence:

Hillary Clinton has carefully avoided directly criticizing Sarah Palin, but the same courtesy apparently doesn’t work the other way.

Palin’s spokeswoman this morning issued a statement hitting Clinton for pulling out of a protest being organized by several Jewish groups outside the United Nations on Sept. 22 against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clinton cancelled after finding out that Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, also planned to be there.

“Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics. She hopes that all parties can rally together in opposition to this grave threat,” said Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for Palin.

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By Shenonymous, September 21, 2008 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

The smart move in any battle is to set it up for your own success.  Hillary was brilliant not to be ambushed by a Repubican scheme to give some legitimacy to Palin which is obviously a hard to do.  That being said, I believe Hillary has the power, the integrity and the intelligence to render Palin null and void, to cancel her out.  Well maybe she can’t.

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By KDelphi, September 18, 2008 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

I dont support Clinton’s (either one) hawkish views on the Middle East at all. With al the nukes we’re seling over there—what the hel is one more country? Israel has them—why not Iran?

It was a really good trick, though,on MCain’s part—to get Dems railing about Hillary again to make extra-positive-sure that anyoen who suported Hillary (and was having second thoughts about McCain because of Palin)would rally around him again. And now, Hillary is back in the headlines. But not as much as McCain probably hoped.

C’mon Dems! Never stop taking that bait!

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By rage, September 18, 2008 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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Why did Hillary ever accept an invitation to such a rally in the first place? What, Joe Lieberman not available to take this one? C’mon!

Why is this collective so up-in-arms over the idle ranting of Amadamnednutjob anyway? He has no real authority. Furthermore, the Iranian leaders who do weild power know that, other than Russia, Isreal has more nukes than everyone active in that region. Iran is no real threat to anyone. There is nothing to qualify that Iran is posing a problem beyond the figure-head President antisemitic prattle that is irritating. We have no proof that iran’s nuclear program is a weapons program. Amadamnednutjob’s desire to wipe Isreal off the map is not proof of anything more than one idiot’s certifiable loss of mind, not the creed of all Iranians.

I would expect the apocalyptic Palin to attend such a rally. After all, without the apocalypse, Jesus won’t come. Christian America needs to be found defending blessed Jerusalem to be in the will of God. If that means kicking off nuclear war, so be it.

But what was Hillary’s excuse? I would like to think that fallout from her supporting Dumya going to Iraq would have taught her something about perpetuating the Bush Doctrine of anticipatory attacks of nations who are no threat to America. Anywho, I’m glad to cut and run from any photo opportunities with Palin Rove was sure to manipulate to benefit the brain-dead lummox riding bitch with Gramps.

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By Feyga Derorah, September 18, 2008 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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I wonder how convenient it was for Mrs Palin to be invited to a “protest by few Jewish groups” after using in her acceptance speach a quote from a know anti-semite Pegler? I am not even talking about the massive political stunt of appearing alongside with Senator Clinton (see, y’all, we are on same issues, me pitt and her hilldog). What a crock! Good for you Senator Clinton for seeing this for what it is.

And as for any angry Jewish voters - my oh my, you want Pegler-quoting VP for this country? Maybe someone sharing his anti-semitic, racist views as well? Then go ahead vote for McCain/Palin ticket, but I will not. Not as a Jewish voter, not as a woman voter, not as a voter who actually cares what happens to this country.

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By Purple Girl, September 18, 2008 at 6:34 am Link to this comment

Not even the Jewish Community is fully behind this Protest summit. Add to that the mere fact she agreed to speak, clearly tells any Ameircan Muslims she holds Jewish voters Higher than Mulsim voters..What an absolutely Dumb ass move. I would have had scheduling conflicts and avioded the entire egocnetric, war mongering gathering!
Now she has declined making her look even worse, not just to the Fanatical jews, but also to the Voters- Too scared to go up against Palin?? Well finally Hillary has learned to Concede more readily? Not to a far more Superior Candidate, but to a Hockey Mom? Talk about Looking and acting like a PUSSY!
Hillary go home, bake Cookies, you have been a embarassment to Women long enough!
The only explanation which can be deducted is that Hillary didn’t want her Blind folowers to co mingle with Sarahs blind Followers (it would be difficult to decipher which is which)
Hillary gave not only Mac the Right of Way with her Campaign tactics against Sen Obama (pitting Gender against Race), but has opened the Door for an even Less qualified, more egotisitcal and Bigger Corp Whore than herself!Fuck ‘em Both!

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By jackpine savage, September 17, 2008 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

Let me get a little sexism out of the way first…was there to be jello?

Sen Clinton was right, if for no other reason that it was a set up.

On the other hand, watching that debate would be far, far, far better than any we will see from here on out.

Though i’ve never been a fan of either Clinton, the selection of Palin has made me appreciate the Sen much more.

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By Opening Eyes, September 17, 2008 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

Thank you Hillary for being discerning in your judgement regarding Palin.
I feel insulted by the Palin “phenomenon?”  I have learned enough about her to see that her emotional development was arrested at age 14 and she is grandiose in her ambitions, well beyond what her intellect can substantiate. 
Anyone who supports her might deserve her, but I deserve a much better leader (we all do really).
I was an Independent until this election.  Now, I just want to see the GOP lose.

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By mackTN, September 17, 2008 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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Clinton was right to protect her stature, her hard work.  Palin had hoped to acquire more legitimacy by appearing alongside Hillary, a photo op she clearly craved. While Clinton’s aura may have helped Palin, Palin would have cheapened Clinton and also made a mockery of the woman’s movement.

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By Catherine, September 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

No woman of any class or substance, especially one who sees herself as the equal of any man, who wants to have control over her own body, and who doesn’t follow a religious guidebook would want to appear alongside Ms. Mooseburger. Eventually, Ms. Mooseburger is going to trip over her own snowshoes. Then Hillary will pounce. And I totally agree that the photos being run by the msm of Hillary Clinton are an insult to her and to those of us who they think don’t notice it.

We’re not that stupid.

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By KDelphi, September 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

I’d be happy just to see a real debate (asking REAL questions) between ANY of the candidates!

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By DoctorK, September 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

In a perfect world, if possible, we could ask for the people we want to debate one another in an election year.  I’d put Hill against Palin and watch the “sacrifice”...you think Sarah looked like a deer caught in the headlights against CHARLES GIBSON, just wonder how “uncomfortable” she’d be against Hill…ahhhh….now THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!!

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By diamond, September 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment

The ayatollahs set this up to try to give Palin some status. To make it look as if she and Hillary support the same cause and are on the same level, intellectually. Nice try. Palin is still like something out of ‘Dukes of Hazard’ and Clinton is still a Senator and has a law degree. No contest. Yes, that photo has appeared more than once and it doesn’t even look like Hillary Clinton - it looks like someone with the police at their door. This, is of course the ayatollah’s preferred option vis a vis both the Clintons as they showed throughout Bill’s term of office.

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By BigB, September 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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So clinton is afraid to appear at a Jewish rally but yet begs them to vote for the Obamanation. Shouldn’t a good leader rise above this for a greater good?  Guess not when you are so power hungry as clinton and Obama. Let’s not even talk about foreign policy knowledge, yeah Palin does not have much but she it only running for VP. Obama has none but is running for Pres.  Oh wait he was community organizer so he must know how to deal with all kinds of issues. Pathetic.  So I supposes you would want someone with community organizer experience to run the company you work for…yeah I bet you do.

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By michele, September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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Clinton has more class than McPalin. Of course Palin would have liked it . It would be a deference for her from having to answer any hard questions .

Is anyone ‘allowed ’ to ask the ditz any hard questions yet ? or is she still being tutored ?

Her and McCain’t together have one working brain.

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By KDelphi, September 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

Tess, I would agree. I believe it caused women to shift their votes, that never wuldve considered it before. Obama and Dean were not the primary culprits—but they did little to stop it. Unforunately, Dems do NOT want to hear this.

I wasnt necessarily a Hillary supporter(a Hillary voter—we had two choices). But, until Obama is “pulling away” in the polls, it think that it is stupid to keep harping on Hillary. Now, flood the site with angry replies. Keep it up, as McCain said. Do just what the GOP likes.

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By Tess Albright, September 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment
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Why are the editors of Truthdig still targeting Hillary Clinton?  That picture was gratuitous & unkind.  Why not a sneaky photo of Palin & the McCain Campaign stalking Sen Clinton?  The women who were so mad about Hillary seemed odd to me.  Now that Clinton is working for Obama, I see the dismissive attitude toward her. 

To Keith Olbermann & his mooks she is SENATOR Clinton, NOT Mrs Clinton!!!

I’ve supported Obama for over a year, but I see no advantage to his campaign or to “progressives” in general in dissing Sen Clinton.

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By KDelphi, September 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

Boy, really harsh.

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