Palin Zings Obama for Not Picking Hillary

Are there smiles in Chappaqua tonight?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had a little riff on how Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., must be having second-thoughts about not picking Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, as his running mate.

"I think he's regretting not picking her now, I do," Palin told Charlie Gibson tonight on World News with Charles Gibson. "What, what determination, and grit, and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way -- she handled those well."

In response, the Obama campaign sent out a statement from former Clinton supporter Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who said, "Sarah Palin should spare us the phony sentiment and respect.  Governor Palin accused Senator Clinton of whining and John McCain laughed when a questioner referred to her by using a demeaning expletive. John McCain and Sarah Palin represent no meaningful change, just the same failed  policies and same divisive, demeaning politics that has devastated the middle class."

And the Obama campaign helpfully provided links to the aforementioned "demeaning expletive"  and Palin talking about Clinton (in which Palin does not really accuse Palin of whining, but rather expresses the opinion that when a woman in politics says anything about harsh scrutiny that can be "perceived" as a "whine," it hurts women in politics generally.  A better source of this is the actually Newsweek video, which you can access HERE.)

I, too, wonder if Obama regrets not picking Clinton and perhaps I'm not alone.

In Nashua, NH, this week, the man Obama did pick, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., defended Clinton from a man who said how glad he was that Obama picked him over Hillary, "not because she's a woman, but because, look at the things she did in the past."

"Make no mistake about this," Biden responded. "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend, she is qualified to be president of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America, and quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate, I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate, so let’s get that straight."

So much of the Palin pick seemed reactive -- a response to Obama not picking Clinton by McCain, who was very focused during the primaries on the white women whom Obama has had trouble wooing. I wonder if McCain would have picked Palin had Obama selected Clinton.

- jpt

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