Palin on Hillary: I'd like to see more women run for higher office

Via Breitbart, which occupies the top spot on Drudge as I write this. Reminds me a bit of 2008, when Palin was complimentary of Hillary on more than one occasion. The most famous was the day she was named as McCain’s VP and made her debut in Dayton:

I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and, of course, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign.

It was rightly noted in Denver this week that 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.

You can, if you like, dismiss that as a bid to draw Hillary voters who were disgruntled by the loss to Obama in the primaries, but Palin said something similar after the election when she had nothing to gain from it. She also defended Hillary’s toughness at a forum in March of that year, months before she landed on the ticket. Nothing unusual about the first true woman contender for the presidency getting respect from other national pols, especially female ones. What makes the clip below a little surprising — assuming “Extra” didn’t bowdlerize what she said for its teaser — is that Palin’s take on Hillary naturally soured after Benghazi. Six months ago:

In an interview with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, Palin was asked by a Twitter user named “Michael” what she thought of “Hillary Clinton, and Hillary’s role in Benghazi.” Bream then asked Palin if she believed if it would have an impact in 2016 should Clinton pursue the presidency.

Palin said “if it doesn’t have an impact on the 2016 presidential election if she is a candidate,” then she would have “disappointment” in the country’s electorate.

Palin said that Clinton should “never be considered as Commander-in-Chief ” because she helped “throw away 200 years of military ethos” and left “our men behind to be murdered in Benghazi.” Clinton had initially claimed last year that the four Americans who were killed by terrorists died because of a YouTube parody video of Muhammad.

Maybe she mentioned that and “Extra” snipped it or maybe this is a matter of strategic self-interest: If you’re a woman whose own supporters want you to run for president, touting the need for more women candidates at the upper echelon is exactly what you should say. There’ll be plenty of time to tear Hillary down later.