Hillary: Obama’s campaign asked me to attack Palin for being a woman. Obama aide: No, not really.

posted at 3:01 pm on June 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

I realize she has to tiptoe away from O on certain subjects to protect herself for 2016 and I realize that crying “sexism” at every opportunity will be a core part of her campaign, but I’m still surprised to see her casually throw this roundhouse at The One. It’s one thing to criticize him on, say, the appropriate troop levels for Afghanistan, it’s another to suggest he and his team are callous towards the most important constituency in the Democratic coalition. She does more than just suggest it, too: In case anyone watching is too dim to grasp why she included this detail about Palin in her new book, she prefaces her discussion of it by asserting flat-out that Obama’s campaign was sexist at times.

Team O has a fair point in their pushback on this, I think:

A senior Obama campaign official said that the request for Clinton to speak was tailored specifically to Palin’s speech after McCain picked her as his running mate, in which she made a direct pitch for Clinton supporters.

“Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all,” Palin said at the time.

“We wanted Hillary to go out and say the Republican platform is completely inconsistent with the principles on which I ran,” said the official, adding that it was not supposed to be a broad-based knock on Palin.

Exactly. They weren’t asking Hillary to go out there and unload on Palin randomly. Palin specifically mentioned Hillary in her speech in Dayton after she was named VP. McCain’s team was trying to capitalize on the hard feelings towards Obama among Hillary Democrats by giving them a second chance to make history and elect a woman on a national ticket. (Remember the PUMAs?) All Obama wanted was for Hillary to give Palin the Marshall McLuhan treatment from “Annie Hall” — “you know nothing of my work,” conservatives. And Hillary understands that. The reason she’s crying foul now is all about signaling sisterhood to women voters as she gears up to run.

And that strategy’s smart enough that, I suspect, you won’t hear much grousing about it from the White House apart from the gentle retort quoted above. Go read this WaPo post from the end of last month to see just how huge the gender gap is right now in early polling between Hillary and Chris Christie, one of the GOP’s great moderate hopes. Men favor Christie, but only by three points. Women favor Hillary by … 15. For all the chin-pulling about the many things that could go wrong for Democrats before her coronation in 2016, unless the GOP figures out a way to dent her numbers with women, we’re dead on arrival. Tossing out sexism accusations here, there, and everywhere is a crude but effective way of turning the next election into a referendum on whether it’s time for a woman president. Even if it’s at Obama’s expense.


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They told her it was a bimbo eruption and she bought it in Pavlovian fashion.

Akzed on June 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Poor Hillary was dead broke at the time, and was forced to work at Home Depot instead.

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I remember the PUMAs. I was one of the original members of Party Unity My Ass.

The Obama campaign used sexism and misogyny against Hillary, then got even nastier when Sarah Palin was named as McCain’s running mate.

myiq2xu on June 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

We must elect a vagina – Progs

D-fusit on June 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

BTW She was dead broke back then.

BoxHead1 on June 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Yup she is so running in 2016

weedisgood on June 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Democrats war on women. Now this is truely a war against women.

Ta111 on June 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

The Godfather: “It’s not personal. It’s business”
Hillary: “If I can make it personal, then that’s good business”

LashRambo on June 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

That was like…..
5 years ago….

Dude…….

Electrongod on June 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

When two habitual liars argue with each other which one do we believe?

NotCoach on June 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Why did she not mention this in 2008? Hillary is a as bad as Orange Crist

ConservativePartyNow on June 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Yup she is so running in 2016

weedisgood on June 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

This is going to be fun…..

Electrongod on June 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Poor Hillary was dead broke at the time, and was forced to work at Home Depot instead.

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Yeah, and she was fired because she stole some drapes for the kitchen in her and Bill’s empty refrigerator box. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

NOMOBO on June 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Yup she is so running in 2016

weedisgood on June 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Does that give you a buzz?

NotCoach on June 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Allah,

In an earlier thread today I asked if Hot Air could stick to current photos of Hillary so as not to do the Dems’ work for them. Thanks for doing that here – much appreciated…

Missy on June 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

BTW She was dead broke back then.

BoxHead1 on June 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

She was also dodging sniper fire at TEA Party rallies.

NotCoach on June 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

And I sure hope I don’t have to change my handle to NOMOBIMBO

NOMOBO on June 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

We must elect a vagina – Progs

D-fusit on June 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Really? ‘Cuz I’m sure nonpartisan or libfreeordie have a couple of those hand-held ones that could be passed around.

Nutstuyu on June 10, 2014 at 3:14 PM

How broke was Hillary?
So broke that Bill only could afford 3 hookers a week instead of the usual 5.

albill on June 10, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Between the Chicago Way and Hilary being…Hilary, she will not be the Dem candidate in 2016…that is, IF there’s an election in 2016 – /tin foil hat off.

fortcoins on June 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Amb Stevens is a dead bloke

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

This woman has a problem with the truth. Remember when she said she’d dogged sniper fire in Bosnia (I think it was Bosnia). People who had been there said it was bunk.

I wonder if it’ll matter to the voters. Seems they don’t mind being lied to – but I do. I hate that my fate is tied to people who’s standards and morals are so different from my own.

LilyBart on June 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

She was so offended at Obama’s sexism that she refused to work for such a male chauvinist…oh wait.

Hillary better be careful. Just because she is no longer SoS doesn’t mean that Obama won’t give her the Hagel treatment over Benghazi.

airupthere on June 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Just 30 more months of this, liberals.

HAHAHA

Chuck Schick on June 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

She may have not in fact been broke, but she has always been morally bankrupt.

HumpBot Salvation on June 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

We must elect a vagina – Progs

D-fusit on June 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

…no matter…how much it stinks!

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2014 at 3:19 PM

What would Bubba’s doormat Killary know about being a woman?

viking01 on June 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The irony of Killery trying to gain some public favor by appearing to be a Friend to Sarah is a bit ironic. Good thing Killery’s husband didn’t sexually assault Sarah, or Killery would be out to destroy her. THOSE are the women she goes after to destroy — her depraved husband’s victims.

Rational Thought on June 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

She’s one smart cookie.

mankai on June 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

unless the GOP figures out a way to dent her numbers with women

Offer someone other than a chunky male Killary, a warmed-over retread with the last name of “Bush”, or some other stale and boring doof?

Eh, what am I thinking, the GOP needs to figure out whose turn it is and go with that person.

Bishop on June 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Only thing female about her are the XX chromosomes.

Otherwise..witch all the way.

And that blurry photo must have been photoshopped to remove the zillion wrinkles.

txdoc on June 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

How touching:

The Associated Press @AP · 34m

PHOTO: Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of a woman in a wheelchair during a book signing in New York: http://apne.ws/1n3WuhQ

http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/hillary-clinton-117

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

She may have not in fact been broke, but she has always been morally bankrupt.

HumpBot Salvation on June 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

There you go! Well put.

GWB on June 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM

We must elect a vagina – Progs

D-fusit on June 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Let’s run Sarah and we can make that happen.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM

PHOTO: Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of a woman in a wheelchair during a book signing in New York: http://apne.ws/1n3WuhQ

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

It looks like a seance to me. Maybe she’s trying to speak to the dead.

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

In case anyone watching is too dim to grasp why she included this detail about Palin in her new book, she prefaces her discussion of it by asserting flat-out that Obama’s campaign was sexist at times.

No, really? I would never have guessed that…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hillary: Obama’s campaign asked me to attack Palin for being a woman.

….what would Hillary know?

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

She’s one smart cookie.

mankai on June 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Yup. She knows the PUMAs and Hillbuzz types broke away from the Dems and, in many cases, backed Palin. The Hildebeast wants those voters back.

Fallon on June 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

It doesn’t matter how many lies she gets caught in. Dems don’t care about being lied to. If they did, Bath House Barry would never have been elected.

Obamalies on June 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Trying to appeal to the sisterhood.

It’s sick really, that some women will vote for another woman, because she is a woman.

But it’s a pretty reliable demo.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Hillary is looking ragged.

albill on June 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Hate barge in OT, but this just in…Mitch McConnell is an idiot! From over at TH(where I cant post)on “Room to Grow” is being bandied about.

During which produced these mutually excluding zingers.

Conservatives, Sen. McConnell said, “have often lost sight of the fact that the average voter is not John Galt.”

And.

McConnell summed up the tone of the discussion, saying that “many people feel as though the government is working against them, not for them… reform conservatism can provide a good initial answer on how we can help, not hurt, the working class.”

Which is exactly what John Galt felt, To-A-Tee!

Of course I/we am/are not the great JG, it can be proven, many ways,for one…I/we do not have a motor to power run the world! But, what we understand together with the Randian JG, is that, the Gov’t is working against us. As well we know that if anything short of drastically shrinking the size, shape and sphere of Gov’t we are heading for disaster.

Which strikes me as a rather rhetorical question really, its not really an either or, with dolts like MM in charge of things the outcome seems pre-ordained, don’tcha thing?

Archimedes on June 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Trying to appeal to the sisterhood.

It’s sick really, that some women will vote for another woman, because she is a woman.

But it’s a pretty reliable demo.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

But they wouldn’t vote for Palin.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

If you’re going to have a woman attack Palin, first she has to be a woman.

Walter L. Newton on June 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

The funniest thing about this story is the fact that
this pathetic woman is telling anyone in the Leftist media
universe that SHE refused to attack Sarah Palin!!

The very same person these media parasites DESPISE!!!
Oh the irony!!! What’s that song? Oh yeah, Alanis Morrisette

IRONIC.

ToddPA on June 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Oops! My fonts are a wee bit off…

Archimedes on June 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

As my little ol’ mother-in-law would say, “The first liar never has a chance.”

WestTexasBirdDog on June 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

All Obama wanted was for Hillary to give Palin the Marshall McLuhan treatment from “Annie Hall” — “you know nothing of my work,” conservatives.

Like what , standing by her rapist husband?

the_nile on June 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 7h

Hillary Clinton says she refused Obama campaign request to attack Sarah Palin in 2008: http://apne.ws/1pZKJ0A

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLINTON_PALIN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

BTW She was dead broke back then.

BoxHead1 on June 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Well, that depends on what the meaning of “dead broke” is.

She keeps using that phrase. I do not think it means what she thinks thinks it means.

hawkeye54 on June 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Trying to appeal to the sisterhood.

It’s sick really, that some women will vote for another woman, because she is a woman.

But it’s a pretty reliable demo.

petunia on June 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

But they wouldn’t vote for Palin.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Yeah, but to them Palin isn’t a woman-woman.

No backwoods conservative wife and mother could ever be. Traitor to her gender, ya see.

hawkeye54 on June 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

“Will abandon ambassadors for food.”

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 3:42 PM

How touching:

The Associated Press @AP · 34m

PHOTO: Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of a woman in a wheelchair during a book signing in New York: http://apne.ws/1n3WuhQ

http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/hillary-clinton-117

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Just slipping her a condom. Hillary is very protective of her husband.

Rix on June 10, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Hillary is looking ragged.

albill on June 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Maybe. But she’s “no ways tared.”

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Let’s talk about your treatment of Bill’s accusers.

John the Libertarian on June 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

But they wouldn’t vote for Palin.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Imaging the horrors if they had elected Palin, Al qaida would be back in Iraq and Putin would annex countries trying to resurrect the Soviet union by now. I could go on.

the_nile on June 10, 2014 at 3:48 PM

That wasn’t a “glass ceiling” that Killary left 18 million cracks in, it was a mirror.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

How touching:

The Associated Press @AP · 34m

PHOTO: Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of a woman in a wheelchair during a book signing in New York: http://apne.ws/1n3WuhQ

http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/hillary-clinton-117

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

The thought bubble over her head should be reading “How long must I be subjected to this riff-raff”.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

This is simply trolling on so many levels.

1) Get Sarah Palin’s name back in the headlines. Reminds people that, oh yeah, GOP is still the Party of (dumb, crazy, RWNJ) Sarah Palin.

2) Paint Hillary as a “sympathetic sister” who refused to attack another woman. Lady parts rule!

3) Distance Hillary from Obama on politics, not on policy, so as not to upset the Left. (Note that AP story carefully notes that Obama retracted his own campaign’s initial attack on Palin).

rockmom on June 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

David Burge @iowahawkblog · 4h

Blessed by truckloads of cash from Wall St favor-seekers. MT @TIME Hillary revises financial status from ‘dead broke’ to ‘obviously blessed’

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Let’s run a old, white dude against her. Lol!

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

This is simply trolling on so many levels.

1) Get Sarah Palin’s name back in the headlines. Reminds people that, oh yeah, GOP is still the Party of (dumb, crazy, RWNJ) Sarah Palin.

2) Paint Hillary as a “sympathetic sister” who refused to attack another woman. Lady parts rule!

3) Distance Hillary from Obama on politics, not on policy, so as not to upset the Left. (Note that AP story carefully notes that Obama retracted his own campaign’s initial attack on Palin).

rockmom on June 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

I sure miss a lot.

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Imaging the horrors if they had elected Palin, Al qaida would be back in Iraq and Putin would annex countries trying to resurrect the Soviet union by now. I could go on.

the_nile on June 10, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Funny that. That is exactly what I was warned would happen if I voted for Palin and that senile old codger she was running with. Well I did, and sure enough…..

hawkeye54 on June 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Is Virginia’s GOP primary to day or next Tues.?

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Just what we need … another Democrat/socialist President with a problem with the truth! When will America wake up????

Christian Conservative on June 10, 2014 at 3:59 PM

How touching:

The Associated Press @AP · 34m

PHOTO: Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of a woman in a wheelchair during a book signing in New York: http://apne.ws/1n3WuhQ

http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/hillary-clinton-117

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

The thought bubble over her head should be reading “How long must I be subjected to this riff-raff”.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

David Burge @iowahawkblog · 3h

You gotta hand it to Hillary – there’s just no humiliation she won’t endure to make herself look good.

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 3:59 PM

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Heh!!

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Double Heh!!

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

We need Palin as our nominee in 2016…it would be
the all time Epic battle of Good vs Evil..War of the World,
in Real Time…the Steel Cage Match to end all Steel Cage Matches.

People joke about this..BUT, I think every person in this Nation
knows this much. IF we run an old, Vanilla White guy, he’ll
be defeated before the Conventions are over….

We nominate Palin, we’ll have Killary’s carcass strewn from
Banger, Maine, to San Diego…

ToddPA on June 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I’m Pop-Eye the Sailor Gal.

If they want an old white celebrity female to run, why not get Betty White? She’s much more pleasant.

MisterElephant on June 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

The thought bubble over her head should be reading “How long must I be subjected to this riff-raff”.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Bitter Clinger: Oy,..Lol:)

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I knew something was up: https://twitter.com/JohnDonoghue64/status/474925631088885762/photo/1

davidk on June 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

davidk: Speechy-Less:0

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Let’s run a old, white dude against her. Lol!

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Better idea: Whoever is the GOP nominee, pick a younger woman with executive experience as VP. Nikki Haley, Susanna Martinez?

Steve Z on June 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

And then Team Obama tried to bankrupt Palin and she resigned and they all lived happily ever after.

cbenoistd on June 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

How touching:

The Associated Press @AP · 34m

PHOTO: Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of a woman in a wheelchair during a book signing in New York: http://apne.ws/1n3WuhQ

http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/hillary-clinton-117

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Right before Hillary pushes her over a cliff?

Steve Z on June 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

The disappointing thing is that the track-record of voting in this country gives Hillary a pretty easy road to the WH. Single women will vote heavily her way, she’ll peel off more married women than Obama did, 15% of Republicans will stay home because our candidate will fail the 100% purity test, and she will still get 90% of the African American vote even after she says the crap she will say about Obama in the next two years.

And she has done nothing to qualify her to be President.

goflyers on June 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

And she has done nothing to qualify her to be President.

goflyers on June 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

At this point, what difference does it make?!

the_nile on June 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM

You know, it’s funny… When you’re listening to two liars argue about who the is the liar.

Tard on June 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

You know, it’s funny… When you’re listening to two liars argue about who the is the liar.

Tard on June 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

First time they both can be right.

the_nile on June 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

If men only favor Christie by three, then let’s not nominate him.

Let’s nominate someone men favor by twenty-five.

I think Clinton by fifteen among women is actually disappointing for her.

bildung on June 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Come to think of it, if woman hating old farts only had another woman to choose instead, especially a screechy old hag like HC, Palin probably would win men by twenty-five.

bildung on June 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Here’s the danger in this nonsense:

Hillary – intentionally got Palin to give a “positive nod” to Hillary – when Palin came out to say “know who started the war on women?” tweet – which bashes Obama – lame duck and all – and gives some credence to Hillary.

Stay away from this garbage – she got what she wanted out of it – a friendly Palin tweet.

Obama is persona non grata and Hill is banking on this.

Odie1941 on June 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Hillary has selective memory and will say anything if she thinks it clears her, excuses her, impresses voters, embellishes her accomplishments, or adds drama to her travels. It’s not like she’s known for being honest.

scalleywag on June 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Blabber Mouth!

Herb on June 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Who did Bill turn to when wanting a woman?

Wade on June 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Men favor Christie, but only by three points. Women favor Hillary by … 15.

Which is why most women shouldn’t be allowed to vote – their innately stupid.

earlgrey on June 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM