|NO SHE DIDN'T: Barracuda.O'Mama|
Forgive the crassness, but its was a pun I couldn't resist.
Why "No She Didn't"? It's a play on the looming conflict between Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. As well as The possibility of Hillary remaining in and dominating the headlines, this time fighting FOR Obama. Wrestling couldn't have scripted it better.
McCain’s Pick May Foster Bigger Campaign Role for ClintonFind an alternate article here - The Real ’08 Fight: Clinton v. Palin?
Mrs. Clinton’s friends said she was galled that Ms. Palin might try to capitalize on a movement that Mrs. Clinton, of New York, built among women in the primaries. And Democrats used strong words on Sunday to rebut the notion: Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts said that women would not be “seduced” by the Republican ticket, and Guy Cecil, the former political director of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, said it was “insulting” for Republicans to compare Ms. Palin to Mrs. Clinton.
It's amusing that the McCain/Palin ticket has managed to successfully co-opt the energy amongst women fostered by Hillary and Obama's effective 'Change' mantra. It's a rational move. polling has shown that people feel America is on the wrong track and it's widely seen as a 'Democratic Year'. The 'Change' frame already claimed it's biggest scalp in toppling the Hillary juggernaut. This is the second time Hillary has been reportedly irritated by the audacity of junior peers. Firstly, Obama who "didn't wait his turn". Secondly Palin who is "piggybacking on the trail Hillary blazed". But Gender (and identity) Politics is more complicated than that.
Depending on how one looks at it, McCain is the original 'Change' candidate. Supporters see McCain as the person who has a legitimate record of Change - McCain ad: “Original Mavericks”
McCain ad: "Original Mavericks"Others view McCain as the 'Change' candidate, but in a less flattering way
Real change. That message will become the central theme for the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket...
McCain isn’t stealing Obama’s thunder on change; he’s reclaiming a mantle that Obama attempted to usurp. He needs to remind voters that actions speak louder than pretty words on a fake Greek temple. Accept no substitutes.
MARK SHIELDS: ... Jerry Falwell, becoming Jerry Falwell's new best friend. On torture, John McCain took a very principled stand, has backed off on it.Read the full transcript from PBS Newshour's September 5 show
His principal promise in the Iowa caucus was, "I will close Guantanamo." That was the first act of president. He has not mentioned it since. I mean, you know, you can go through where he has -- he has changed. He has trimmed...
DAVID BROOKS: This is fair. I mean, this is a fair question, because I've had a Democratic senator, and he says to me, "You think the McCain you saw in the Senate is the real McCain? I have news for you. This McCain on the campaign trail, that's the real McCain. You are stupid." I still think the McCain I saw in the Senate is the real McCain.
JIM LEHRER: And he is...
DAVID BROOKS: ... and will be the president. If he's elected president, he'll be that guy and not necessarily the guy which Mark accurately describes.
MARK SHIELDS: The guy in 2000, I've got to tell you, I was ready to put his bumper sticker on, you know, I mean, and risk domestic harmony...
Listen to the Shields and Brooks conversation here
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