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Published:September 7th, 2008 22:01 EST
Hillary Refuses To Attack Sarah Palin's Inexperience

Hillary Refuses To Attack Sarah Palin's Inexperience

By Robert Paul Reyes

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton marched for labor and stumped with Democrats on Saturday, but sidestepped questions about the woman who has taken her place as the nation`s most-talked-about female leader.

Clinton brushed aside questions about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin during appearances at New York City`s annual Labor Day parade and later during a stop on Staten Island.

"This election is about issues, and that`s what`s going to matter to people at the end of the day," she told reporters who asked her about the Alaska governor at a rally for a Democratic congressional candidate at Wagner College.

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During Hilary`s bruising Democratic primary battle with Barack Obama, her main point of attack was her opponent`s alleged inexperience. In every stump speech, interview and debate, she repeatedly brought up Obama`s skimpy resume.

John McCain`s running mate, Sarah Palin, is utterly unqualified for such a high office. Palin`s empty portfolio makes Obama look like the most experienced candidate ever to run for president.

Yet Hillary sidesteps any questions about Palin, and refuses to criticize her inexperience. There are only two possible explanations for Hillary`s puzzling behavior: She secretly wants Obama to lose or she won`t attack Palin because of her gender.

Hillary places her career over morality and politics; I`m convinced she wants Obama to lose so she can run again in 2012.

Palin`s rightwing nutjob ideology is antithetical to everything that Hillary believes in, but she bites her tongue and doesn`t attack her, because it`s in her best interests if Obama loses the election.

Hilary`s Machiavellian tactics will backfire, Democrats will remember her refusal to speak out against Palin`s rightwing intolerance.