Despite the fact that we all know that had Sen. Obama picked Sen. Clinton as his running mate, he would have little question in the polls now it still would have been a bad choice. She just reeks of bad form.
Consider the fact that Clinton was going to attend a rally outside of the UN protesting against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Yes, that takes some major cajones.) Then her people got word from reporters that Gov. Palin might show up too. According to the AP:
That would have set up a closely scrutinized and potentially explosive pairing in the midst of a presidential campaign, one in which the New York senator is campaigning for Democratic nominee Barack Obama while Palin actively courts disappointed Clinton supporters.
So Clinton backed out.
Okay, that’s somewhat understandable. But check out this line of reasoning:
“Her attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event,” said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. “Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending.”
Maybe Reines doesn’t understand what the word ‘partisan’ means. If representatives from each of the two-party political system are invited and show up, that would by definition make it ‘non-partisan’. Nobody complained when Sens. Obama and McCain were within hugging distance on September 11th.
I agree with Clinton on policy issues, and I believe her when she says she’ll fight for us. But if she wants to win ever and maybe change the face of the US, maybe she should learn what graciousness is.
h/t to Peter Chattaway