Howard Wolfson, Communications Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, says there won’t be a Hillary vs. Sarah cagematch no matter how much Obama and team wants it:
For whatever unfortunate reasons, editors and news executives are convinced that two women fighting sells magazines and attracts eyeballs. You can imagine the thinking….if Angelina Jolie vs Jennifer Aniston and Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera sell copies, what could be better than Hillary Clinton vs Sarah Palin?
Don’t hold your breath. It’s not going to happen.
It’s not in Hillary Clinton’s interest, and its certainly not in the interest of Barack Obama and the Democratic party.
You may not remember, but Hillary Clinton is at her best staying positive and contrasting with her opponents on issues…
Democrats are running against John McCain, not Sarah Palin. Running against Gov. Palin instead of Senator McCain would be a mistake…
Clinton-Palin might drive ratings and sell magazines, but it wouldn’t be good for the Democratic party, or the cause of women’s rights. Some might enjoy the spectacle, but don’t expect Hillary Clinton to play along. Hillary Clinton has spent a lifetime resisting quick and easy stereotypes, and she’s not about to stop now.
This doesn’t mean there aren’t some mighty pissed off Democrats at the news:
Although she is 60 and unlikely to have another shot at the White House, Clinton is apparently concerned that she would appear ungenerous to the Republicans’ first female vice-presidential candidate if she were to go after her.
It is a rationale that will fuel the belief – lingering among Democrats since Al Gore’s failed 2000 presidential run – that the Clintons always put themselves before their party.~~~
Her refusal to roll up her sleeves against Palin, who describes herself as “a pit bull with lipstick”, has already come under questioning by Democratic apparatchiks. “The strategic imperative right now is to do something about Palin and prevent her cutting through the race,” said Democratic strategist Tad Devine.~~~
Attacking Palin represents an even more slippery challenge for Obama.
Just before Palin’s selection, David Plouffe, Obama’s astute campaign manager, looked at the electoral map of the US and declared the national polls less important than the 18 battleground states where Obama had the ground troops, enthusiasm and money to win.
Palin’s emergence has upset those calculations and forced the Obama campaign for the first time to re-examine its successful campaign tactics. Obama now has a great need to drive up voter turnout among black people and the young, while staunching defections to McCain from blue-collar workers and women.
How in the world did this man and his campaign honestly believe that the woman he treated like a dog by not even vetting her for the VP role would ride in on a white horse and come to the rescue?
But we are talking about the Clintons here. They may turn on a dime (or a couple million dimes) and do the messiah’s bidding. But the thing is…the Clintons didn’t get to where they are by being stupid. They see the popularity of Sarah Palin, they see that a majority believes the MSM are lapdogs for Obama, and they see that backlash against the MSM. Add in the fact that Hillary has always gotten along with McCain, and doesn’t really feel any affection for Obama and I would say the odds are long she becomes his attack dog.
Anyways, Obama should listen to Wolfson when he says “Democrats are running against John McCain, not Sarah Palin. Running against Gov. Palin instead of Senator McCain would be a mistake…”
Here’s to hoping he doesn’t listen to the man, just one more nail in his political coffin.