Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hillary fans join Obama, thanks to Palin

Oct 16, 2008

PHILADELPHIA: The Hillary voter has come home. It wasn't primarily the work of Mrs Hillary Clinton, though by her count, she has made more than 50 public appearances for Mr Barack Obama.

Nor was it the work of Mr Obama, who has kept Mrs Clinton and her advisers at arm's length.

No, the one who put the Hillary Clinton voters in Mr Obama's column was Mrs Sarah Palin.

In a Newsweek poll this month, those saying she was 'unqualified' outnumbered those saying she was 'qualified' by a massive 16 points.

'Palin - God forbid! Where did they find her?' Ms Evelyn Fruman exclaimed on Monday before a Clinton speech at a Jewish community centre here.

The very mention of Mrs Palin's name caused the crowd to erupt in boos and hisses.

They were the quintessential Hillary supporters at the hall in north-east Philadelphia: virtually all white, mostly women, and old.

But something has happened in recent weeks among them.

Fear of the right-wing Palin, coupled with the economic collapse, has caused them to quietly swallow their Obama misgivings.

The new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that fully 81 per cent of Democrats and like-minded independents who favoured Mrs Clinton said they now back Mr Obama.

Television comedienne Tina Fey's recent impersonations of Mrs Palin, which have lifted ratings for the TV show Saturday Night Live by 50 per cent, are also said to have damaged the Republican vice-presidential candidate's standing in polls.


[Historical! Hysterical! Hilary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Tina Fey. They should make a movie - Charlie's Angels?]

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