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September 8, 2008, 11:40 am
Clinton-Palin Duels? Not So Fast
By Kate Phillips
In a debut blog item under the moniker The Flack today at The New Republic, Howard Wolfson, former top strategist and adviser to the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, tries to debunk the speculation that the senator will take on, mano-a-mano, Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

While Senator Clinton returns to the campaign trail in Kissimmee and in Tampa today on behalf of Senator Barack Obama, Mr. Wolfson argues that all the discussion about duels between the top women from the G.O.P. and the Democratic party fuels the media penchant for cat fights.

On the cover of this weeks Entertainment Weekly, Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth discuss punching and scratching one another. Over the weekend, it was Oprah Winfrey vs. Sarah Palin. Some are so eager for a fight that one wellknown columnist on Sunday even imagined a 2012 presidential debate between Senator Clinton and Governor Palin.

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?

Dont hold your breath. Its not going to happen.

Why? Well, according to Mr. Wolfson, who remains a self-described informal adviser to Senator Clinton, (as well as a commentator now on Fox News), thats neither the senators style nor practice. In addition, Mr. Wolfson asserts, the woman vs. woman combat would distract from what Democrats consider the main focus: that Senator John McCain represents a McCain-Bush ticket.

He concludes: Clinton-Palin might drive ratings and sell magazines, but it wouldnt be good for the Democratic party, or the cause of womens rights. Some might enjoy the spectacle, but dont expect Hillary Clinton to play along. Hillary Clinton has spent a lifetime resisting quick and easy stereotypes, and shes not about to stop now.

Perhaps. But if the Obama-Biden ticket becomes flummoxed by the historic nature of Governor Palins addition as a woman to the G.O.P. ticket by someone who may attract independent women voters and some Democratic women voters who supported Senator Clinton but cant find a way to back Senator Obama who better than Senator Clinton to tackle the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling that both tickets are now vying for?

It was very clear from Governor Palins speech last week in St. Paul, and Senator McCains comments here and there that his running mate offers appeal to women and conservative voters thats not just gender-based, even with the mentions of hockey mom, lipstick and pit bulls.

While it may not turn into a cat fight, per se, the spectacle of a battle over womens votes is bound to be a theme throughout the rest of the campaign, no matter the party affiliations.
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  -NEW YORK TIMES: forget hillary...she ain't helping......... vegansrule  Sep-08-08 11:43 AM   #0 
  - Thank you for your concern- Try to be less obvious next time.  Marrah_G   Sep-08-08 11:44 AM   #1 
  - His concern,has me concerned.  Swede   Sep-08-08 11:45 AM   #5 
     - Are you going to share that glass?  Marrah_G   Sep-08-08 11:46 AM   #8 
        - Sip away!  Swede   Sep-08-08 11:53 AM   #21 
  - Oy. What are they doing? Packing it in until 2012?  gatorboy   Sep-08-08 11:44 AM   #2 
  - Fake headline.. famously divisive poster...  Kurt_and_Hunter   Sep-08-08 11:44 AM   #3 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Sep-08-08 11:47 AM   #9 
  - Leave Hillary alone. She is busy paying her debt. Obama and Biden do not need Hillary to do this...  Roberto1223   Sep-08-08 11:44 AM   #4 
  - True. Hillary will attack McCain, not Palin. That's how it should be and will be.  David Zephyr   Sep-08-08 12:56 PM   #28 
  - Agreed--  brensgrrl   Sep-08-08 11:07 PM   #29 
  - Great advice, ignore Palin and let the McCain false image they are creating to sell  Skwmom   Sep-08-08 11:45 AM   #6 
  - Republican and Reform are oxymorons.  RobertSeattle   Sep-08-08 11:47 AM   #10 
  - No link to this story?  terrya   Sep-08-08 11:46 AM   #7 
  - Real story but fake headline  Kurt_and_Hunter   Sep-08-08 11:47 AM   #12 
  - Link...  wlucinda   Sep-08-08 11:52 AM   #18 
  - Hillary has too much class to get in a catfight which so many  glancingthefuture   Sep-08-08 11:47 AM   #11 
  - it's ridiculous to think Hillary taking on Palin would be considered a 'cat fight'  Whisp   Sep-08-08 11:51 AM   #17 
     - It totally would, though.  Marsala   Sep-08-08 11:08 PM   #31 
  - Oh, is that why shes live on MSNBC for obama?  iamthebandfanman   Sep-08-08 11:47 AM   #13 
  - Best to keep Hillary punching McLoon, and not Palin. We really don't want  wienerdoggie   Sep-08-08 11:48 AM   #14 
  - LINK  vegansrule   Sep-08-08 11:48 AM   #15 
  - "Clinton-Palin Duels? Not So Fast"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  shaniqua6392   Sep-08-08 11:52 AM   #20 
  - I'm getting pretty tired of people like Wolfson and Ferrero schmoozing Faux News.  AtomicKitten   Sep-08-08 11:50 AM   #16 
  - You honestly think Hillary taking on Palin will help Obama? Really? You don't think that maybe it  MetricSystem   Sep-08-08 12:11 PM   #25 
     - I agree with Obama's strategy of addressing McBush, you know, his opponent.  AtomicKitten   Sep-08-08 12:38 PM   #26 
  - The same Harold Wolfson who told Politico last week that the media HAD been sexist to Palin  ClarkUSA   Sep-08-08 11:52 AM   #19 
  - VERY MISLEADING subject line by the OP. Just read the article, folks. nt  speedoo   Sep-08-08 11:54 AM   #22 
  - Truly ridiculous imo, the razor thin polls are between Obama/McCain not Palin/Clinton...  bridgit   Sep-08-08 11:54 AM   #23 
  - Lemme splain- to you and the MSM and "press"  demokatgurrl   Sep-08-08 12:10 PM   #24 
  - Your concern will it the time and attention it deserves  krawhitham   Sep-08-08 12:49 PM   #27 
  - Neither are you  Harvey Korman   Sep-08-08 11:08 PM   #30 
  - As much as I hate Wolfson, there's some merit to his argument that a Clinton-Palin  Walter Sobchak   Sep-08-08 11:21 PM   #32 
  - can males work any harder at reducing females to such a low. this is fuckin 2008  seabeyond   Sep-08-08 11:26 PM   #33 
  - Locking  WesDem   Sep-09-08 07:21 AM   #34 

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