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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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