Catching up a little bit from our weekend, we are just now getting to James Taranto’s Best of the Web Today, from Monday. In it he writes:
One prominent Democrat who has been very quite on the Palin choice is Hillary Clinton, who on Friday, according to CNN, put out a gracious statement:
"We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin's historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain," Clinton, the first woman to win a presidential primary, said in the statement. "While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate."
A lot of time and energy has been spent trying to divine whether the presence of Palin on the Republican ticket could pry Hillary supporters away from the Democrats.
Fair enough. Go for it.
But another interesting thought is that Palin offers Hillary a very plausible excuse to take a less active role in supporting Obama – she can make the point (privately) that she is not comfortable participating in attacking a woman candidate of either party. Girl Power! And yes, Hillary is happy with any excuse to sit this out without looking like she’s intentionally undermining Obama. She would love nothing more than for Obama to lose, clearing the way for her to challenge an incumbent McCain in 2012.
So, sitting out helps undermine Obama’s campaign. But what Hillary really needs is to sabotage it. What could she do to sabotage the Obama campaign? Ahhh, back to Taranto:
The New York Times reports that advisers to Mrs. Clinton will play a "greater role" in the Obama campaign as a result of the Palin pick
[VIMH: Are you suggesting Hillary is sending in her advisers with instructions to sabotage Team Obama?]
Oh, no, that's not it at all. After seeing how deftly her campaign managed to take what was to be her inevitable coronation and turn it into a thumping at the hands of the “former community organizer”, she has sent them in and told them to do everything they can to help Obama win.
To achieve the opposite.
Advisers to Mrs. Clinton said that she stood ready to help the Obama-Biden ticket, but they urged the campaign not to overestimate the impact Mrs. Clinton could have, noting that she had other commitments this fall, like campaigning and raising money for Senate candidates.
And rearranging her sock drawer.