The Obama Campaign’s First Impulse…

By Natalie Gewargis

Aug 29, 2008 2:52pm

…was to attack Gov. Palin.

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," said Obama spox Bill Burton. "Gov. Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil, and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same."

Republicans say it’s noteworthy that, on the week commemorating the 88th anniversary of women getting the right to vote — with McCain, making a groundbreaking VP pick — the Obama campaign’s first response was to attack, not congratulate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, or acknowledge the historic nature of her selection.

It was just yesterday that McCain ran a TV ad congratulating Obama on his historic achievement.

Upon further reflection, Sens. Obama and Biden issued a more carefully considered response:

“We send our congratulations to Gov. Sarah Palin and her family on her designation as the Republican nominee for vice president," said the Democratic ticket in a joint statement. "It is yet another encouraging sign that old barriers are falling in our politics.  While we obviously have differences over how best to lead this country forward, Gov. Palin is an admirable person and will add a compelling new voice to this campaign."

The first response Republicans had to the Biden pick, of course, was to attack Obama with Biden’s words. Then again, there’s nothing particularly historic about picking a white male senator as your running mate.

- jpt

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