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Really, the contretemps over the Hillary Clinton snub at the Democratic National Convention has become more humorous than anything else, especially given John Kerry's solution. The Kerry campaign announced this afternoon that it finally found a way to squeeze the Senator from New York into its speaking schedule -- she can introduce her husband:
John Kerry has asked Hillary Rodham Clinton to introduce her husband, former President Clinton, on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, giving her a speaking role that Democrats had sought for the New York senator.
The Kerry campaign unveiled its first set of speakers for the convention early this week, including former Presidents Clinton and Carter, Al Gore and others, but the absence of the former first lady drew criticism from Democrats, particularly women.
Well, this certainly will set minds at ease among the Democratic Ladies Auxiliary! It's nice to see that Kerry has found a gender-appropriate role for the current Senator. Obviously, she has no standing on her own to speak at the convention, in Kerry's mind, so it's a darned good thing her husband happens to be an ex-President. Otherwise, she'd have to go back to the Hospitality Committee and help out with the cookie-baking and cake-cutting duties, like all the other wimminfolk.
Are they serious? Can they be this tone-deaf? And people think Republicans are old-fashioned! God help Hillary if she shows up in a pantsuit.
Meanwhile, the most senior woman in the Senate expressed her displeasure with the Kerry campaign's bumbling through her campaign manager:
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., expressed disappointment Wednesday with the way the Kerry campaign handled the release of convention speakers, her campaign manager Mike Morrill said. Mikulski told Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill that the strategy of releasing only a few names each day minimizes the importance of some speakers, Morrill said.
"The senator was very clear that the way they did this botched it," Morrill said. "By doing it as the One-A-Day vitamin strategy, they missed the picture that they have a whole shop of vitamins."
From the way that the Kerry campaign has handled this, I'd say they're at least a couple minerals short of a recommended daily allowance.Sphere It View blog reactions
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