Hillary Can Make The Difference

Commentary by Gary A. Johnson

As Sarah-Mania sweeps parts of the nation, I never thought I’d say this, but Hillary Clinton can make the difference as to whether or not Barack Obama wins this election. Hillary, Barack needs you. This is the craziest and most exciting election in my lifetime. Is it me, or is this Sarah Palin thing starting to get out of hand? We need a steady, calming and reassuring voice to help some of the undecided folks regain their perspective. The fact that it may come from a woman may be a plus.

Hillary Clinton has been quiet since her speech in Denver. She could be Barack’s “Sarah Slayer” because this move by the McCain camp of adding “Sarahcuda” as Vice President just may give those voters who are on the fence and looking for a way NOT to vote for Barack a way out when they close the curtain in the voting booth. You cannot convince me that the McCain campaign actually thought that putting a woman on their ticket would attract the so-called disenfranchised Hillary PUMA’s (Party Unity My Ass) and undecided women to their side, just because Sarah Palin is a woman.

I’ll say one thing for the Republicans. They stick to the party’s talking points. Every Republican interviewed touts Sarah Palin’s vast experience. How many times have you heard them say, “Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama. Having Sarah Palin on the ticket excites the conservative base of the Republican party. Republicans keep telling women that “Sarah Palin is just like you.” Oh really!

Let’s “peel the onion” on Sarah Palin and see if she’s really like most American women. Since I don’t know her, I can only judge her based on what is projected to the public.

  • Sarah Palin is attractive and looks good on camera.
  • Sarah Palin is a polished speaker. (She really upstaged that dead pan John McCain)
  • Sarah Palin is a self-proclaimed hockey mom with 5 children.
  • Sarah Palin has described herself as a “pitbull in lipstick.”
  • Sarah Palin is a former beauty pageant contestant. (She lost the Miss Alaska title in 1984 to a black woman named Maryline Blackburn. There’s your little known black history fact).
  • Sarah Palin is against abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
  • Sarah Palin hunts moose and eats moose.
  • Sarah Palin brandishes assault weapons.
  • Sarah Palin proudly sits on a sofa with the skin and head of a dead grizzly bear behind her.

(Ladies, stop me when I get to the point of how she’s just like you).

The Republicans are banking on the fact that many Americans are not well versed in the intricacies of politics and current events. Therefore, if you say something often enough and people listen, at some point people start to believe what they hear. This is why you hear all these accolades about Sarah Palin and how she’s just like you.

This is where Hillary, the “Sarah Slayer” comes in. Hillary Clinton convinced me that she will campaign as hard as she can to get Barack Obama elected. It’s in her best interest to do so. In addition, Hillary Clinton wants to be the first woman president. If the Republicans win the White House and the 72-year old McCain dies in office, Palin would be sworn in as the first woman president of the United States. That’s motivation for Hillary stop the Sarah Express.

Hillary can go on the campaign trail and let everyone know that intelligent women will not vote for another woman simply because she’s a woman. Intelligent women can see through that ploy and are more concerned about Sarah Palin’s position on the issues of interest to women and her experience or lack thereof.

It’s clear to me that the McCain campaign is going to use her to be a “smart ass” hatchet woman against Barack Obama and Joe Biden. When the Biden, Obama or the media try to hold her accountable for her views and past decisions the McCain camp will play the “sexism” card and say the men and media are picking on Sarah because she’s a woman.

Regardless of her demeanor, the Republicans have already started to re-shape Sarah Palin’s image. Thanks to the McCain camp I see Sarahcuda as a mean spirited and cynical woman who makes fun of people who serve their community. What’s wrong with serving your community?

I thought service is to be admired? (I believe this strategy will backfire and the McCain camp will have to give Sarahcuda a personality makeover).

Back to Hillary Clinton and how she can help Barack win the White House.

Hillary Clinton has stature and a huge following. Whatever bad feelings people had for her before the Democratic Convention have dissipated for many after her speech in Denver. Hillary Clinton can remind both men and women that Sarah Palin is not the only woman who knows politics in this race. As my friend Jessica says, “this ain’t her first rodeo.”

It’s nothing wrong with having a woman on the ticket. However, at this time in our nation’s history we need the “right” woman on the ticket and Sarah Palin is not the right woman for America at this time. It may take another woman to help get that message across and that woman is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

What do you think?

Gary Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In America.com Blog. Gary is also the author of the new book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”


4 Responses to “Hillary Can Make The Difference”

  1. Why look for Hillary’s help now? Yall were so busy calling her a racist back during the primaries! Can’t Barack fight his OWN battles?

  2. i think if your precious senator from illinois thought to put hilllary clinton on the ticket in the first place, he wouldn’t be in the mess he is in today. He’s not too black, he’s simply too green.

    He’ll just have ro register more voters to replace the pumas ….

  3. His choice not to select her as a runing mate, shows there are still some of us who refuse to compromise our integrity, because he would be the first.


  4. lee,sarasota Says:

    Gary Johnson is no better than the sexist rappers. Who the h– does he think he is? No better than Obama. Pigs all.

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