Opinion: Sarah Palin second-guesses Barack Obama on his VP pick


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They may be competing for the same job, but Sarah Palin and Joe Biden have found something to agree on: Barack Obama would have been wise to settle on Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential choice.

Palin offered her view as part of the Q & A sessions she did with ABC’s Charlie Gibson that the network strung out over the last two days (for her previous comments, see here and here). In the concluding clip played this evening on the ‘World News’ program, Gibson (a slight smile at play on his face) asked Palin whether she thought Obama should have tapped Clinton as his running mate.

‘I think he’s regretting not picking her now, I do,’ she eagerly replied.

Then, referring to Clinton, she said: ‘What, what determination, and grit, and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way. She handled those well.’


Biden, the fellow who ended up on Obama’s ticket, gained attention earlier this week when he termed Clinton ‘as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president.’

The Obama camp quickly fired off an e-mail with a response to Palin’s comments after they were aired in the Eastern time zone. The missive contained the following tough-worded statement from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida (a vocal Clinton supporter turned high-profile Obama backer):

Sarah Palin should spare us the phony sentiment and respect. Governor Palin accused Senator Clinton of whining and John McCain laughed when a questioner referred to her by using a demeaning expletive. John McCain and Sarah Palin represent no meaningful change, just the same failed policies and same divisive, demeaning politics that has devastated the middle class.

The ‘whining’ reference by Wasserman Schultz is in dispute; as detailed here, Palin’s remark was not as direct as the congresswoman asserts.

The incident involving McCain, meanwhile, refers to a gathering several months ago at which an audience member used the B-word to characterize Clinton. For those who don’t mind hearing the profanity, the moment can be watched here.

-- Don Frederick