The Ball In Hillary's Court
by Josh Orton, Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 01:44:03 PM EDT
When Sarah Palin introduced herself to Americans last week, she made sure to explicitly lay claim to Hillary Clinton's historic run for the presidency:
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.
Clinton's response to Palin was lukewarm at best.
But now, in defense of Palin against the current deluge of scandal, McCain adviser Carly Fiorina has gone all-in with a whole hand of gender cards, claiming she's:
"...appalled by the Obama campaign's attempts to belittle Governor Sarah Palin's experience. The facts are that Sarah Palin has made more executive decisions as a Mayor and Governor than Barack Obama has made in his life. Because of Hillary Clinton's historic run for the Presidency and the treatment she received, American women are more highly tuned than ever to recognize and decry sexism in all its forms. They will not tolerate sexist treatment of Governor Palin."As Todd pointed out, it's not an isolated incident, either.
We'll see if this works. If McCain's surrogates continue abusing and misappropriating Hillary Clinton's legacy and accomplishment, I'd expect New York's junior Senator to step up and make a clear statement about exactly how much of her legacy Palin can claim. Sen. Clinton found herself on the receiving end of plenty of gender-based flack during the primary; I'd guess she's none-to-happy about Palin's people using sexism as a defense.
Update [2008-9-2 19:10:20 by Josh Orton]: Seems few in the traditional press are buying Palin's reflexive "sexism" defense (via AMERICAblog). Both Jake Tapper of ABC and Jonathan Martin at Politico aren't biting.