COMMENTARY | Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoirs likely contain all sorts of interesting tidbits as well as hints of how she might proceed in a run for president in 2016. One such concerns the most powerful female politician on the planet.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reveals in her new book that Barack Obama’s team asked her to attack Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) chose her as his running mate in the 2008 presidential race.
“‘ [The Obama camp] immediately issued a dismissive statement and reached out to me in hopes I would follow suit,’ she wrote. ‘But I wouldn’t.’
“The details of the event have been published by CBS, which has already obtained a copy of the book scheduled for release on June 10.
“‘I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women,’ she wrote. ‘I didn’t think it made political sense, and it didn’t feel right. So I said no.'”
The passage is revealing on a number of levels. First it is another instance of Clinton distancing himself from the Obama administration, which she served as secretary of state. In fact she all but suggests that the 2008 Obama campaign was being misogynistic and sexist for going after Palin. She may have remember how she had felt the sting when she was Obama’s opponent during the 2008 primaries.
It also suggests that Clinton has a bit of respect, albeit grudgingly, toward Palin, a woman with whom she has very little resemblance. Palin’s rise to power from the position of ordinary soccer mom was meteoric. She did not have the advantage of a Yale education, Washington experience, or a powerful husband. Clinton must be wondering how Palin did it. It also goes without saying that the former Alaska governor’s home life and marriage has been far less complicated than Clinton’s. The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady must wonder how she managed that as well.