This unfolded last week, where Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton were
supposed to appear at a rally opposing Iran and protesting Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Hopefully the photo I included doesn't
offend anyone, it's a perfect illustration and I wasn't able to edit
it.) As soon as the Ice Queen got wind that Palin was going to be there,
she promptly cancelled, showing herself to be the elitist that everyone
says she is. I personally think she was scared to death to be on the
same stage. There are two articles that I will include that tell the
story. Bottom line, the Dems are running scared, and partisan politics
continue to be the order of the day in the Democratic party.
Clinton Cancels Rally Appearance After Learning Palin Invited
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sep. 8: Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally for Barack Obama in
Tampa, Fla. (AP)
Hillary Clinton has pulled out of an appearance at a New York rally next
week to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because she
doesn't want to be seen alongside Republican vice presidential candidate
Sarah Palin in a "partisan" event, her aides say.
Several American Jewish groups plan a major rally outside the United
Nations on Monday. Clinton had initially accepted an invitation to join,
but her aides objected when they learned Palin will also be part of the
rally. The Alaska governor is also expected to meet with several foreign
ministers during the U.N.'s opening General Assembly session, FOX News
"[Palin's] attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as
a partisan political event," Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said
Wednesday. "Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending."
A spokeswoman for John McCain's presidential campaign said Palin still
plans to attend, despite the perceived slight.
"Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater
than party or politics. She hopes that all parties can rally together in
opposition to this grave threat," said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.
McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb released a statement criticizing
Clinton for withdrawing, "presumably at the behest of the Obama
campaign," and called on Obama to attend.
"This issue is too important to fall victim to partisan politics.
Instead of pressuring Senator Clinton to withdraw and pressuring the
event's organizers to disinvite Governor Palin, we hope Senator Obama
will consider lending his own voice to this cause," he said.
The rally is being hosted by several Jewish groups, including the
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the
National Coalition to Stop Iran Now, United Jewish Communities and the
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
Both McCain and Barack Obama have made strong appeals to Jewish voters,
particularly in critical states like Florida. Obama has emphasized to
Jewish audiences his commitment to Israel's security, and he has worked
to dispel doubts created by false rumors that he is Muslim.
Clinton, a New York senator and former Democratic presidential
candidate, has generally been supported by American Jews. But Micah
Halperin, a Middle East expert and syndicated columnist, said it is
"problematic" that she decided to back out.
Halperin, who is Jewish and called Clinton "a far better candidate" for
Democrats than Obama, suggested that her actions could backfire on the
"Jews traditionally vote Democratic, and if a major Democratic leader
does not join in the fight against Iran, where are those voters going to
go?" he asked. "It's problematic from the very point of view that says
you have a national political leader who fundamentally is choosing not
to stand up against Ahmadinejad.
"It changes my view of [Clinton's] wisdom, of her ability to take a
situation, analyze it and come out on the right side, and that is deeply
troubling to almost every voter in America, not just Jewish voters,"
Halperin said, adding that Clinton's move "is the kind of thing" that
could tip voters toward McCain.
FOX News contributor and National Public Radio correspondent Juan
Williams said Clinton, whose presidential aspirations are far from over,
wants to campaign for Obama but does not want to challenge Palin because
it would hurt her standing with white, working-class women.
"I think the big bump that McCain has gotten since the convention has
been with white, working-class women, the older women especially who
were the core of Hillary Clinton support," Williams said.
He added that Bill and Hillary Clinton are glad to support Obama, but
they don't want to take on Palin because "it would be shooting down" the
"A lot of people think that it just invites comparisons between Palin
and Obama on the experience issue, and that doesn't benefit Obama,"
Palin is scheduled to meet several foreign ministers while she is in New
York. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said the decision
to send Palin to the U.N. was "an excellent idea" by the McCain
campaign. He said Palin can now use the opportunity to enhance her
foreign policy credentials and add to her debate preparation against
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. That debate is scheduled
for Oct. 2 in St. Louis.
"Now in the debate with Senator Biden, Governor Palin will be able to
say, 'Well I was discussing with foreign minister X just a few weeks
ago,' and then go from there," Bolton said. "She doesn't really have to
go beyond where Senator McCain has already traveled, but it's a good way
to say, as they do in diplomatic circles, 'to exchange views.' I just
think she ought to be herself and listen attentively and it will go
Here is the follow up article that came after invites to both parties
were cancelled following Clinton's attempt to block Palin's invite.
Palin Blames 'Democrat Partisans' for Withdrawal of Invite to Iran Rally
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sarah Palin on Friday accused "Democrat partisans" of pressuring the
organizers of an anti-Iran rally to block her from attending the event
in New York next week.
Palin had planned to speak at the Monday rally, but the organizers said
Thursday that no elected officials would be allowed to attend. The
announcement came after Hillary Clinton pulled out of the event, having
discovered that Palin would also be attending.
"I was scheduled to appear at a rally with Senator Clinton whose
commitment to this I appreciate. This is a critical issue and it should
be an issue that unites all Americans," Palin told supporters Friday in
Blaine, Minn. "Unfortunately, though, some Democrat partisans put
politics first, and now no elected official will be able to appear at
that Stop Iran Rally."
The rally, organized by major Jewish organizations and sponsored by the
National Coalition to Stop Iran Now, is designed to protest Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence at the United Nations.
Organizers said they weren't being partisan, and that they decided to
bar all elected and federal officials from the rally to avoid a "media
John McCain issued a statement Thursday blaming both "Democratic
partisans" and Barack Obama for pressuring the groups to rescind Palin's
invitation. An Obama spokesman dismissed that suggestion.
On Friday, Palin blamed only "Democrat partisans," though it was unclear
to whom she was referring.
She said Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons should not be a matter of
"John McCain and I are committed to drawing attention to the danger
posed by Iran's nuclear program, and we will not waver in our
commitment," she said.
I find it sad that the Democrats can't bring themselves to put politics
aside even to come together against an enemy of our country. This is the
same Iranian President who denies the Holocaust, has sworn to destroy
Israel and is funding the insurgency in Iraq. It is Iran that is
providing the insurgency with the EFP (Explosive Formed Penetrator), the
most deadly IED (Improvised Explosive Device) out there that is taking
American and Iraqi lives. They are also training these insurgents to
effectively employ these weapons. Are these Democrats really the ones we
want to continue in the House of Representatives when they can't put
Partisan Politics aside in order to unite against an enemy?