For everyone who thinks still that Barack Obama doesn’t play old school politics here’s a new flash…
Alice Palmer, the former Illinois state senator who hand picked “Obama to be her successor back in the mid-90s” won’t be campaigning for Obama in Indiana. Instead she’s campaigning for Hillary Clinton:
Joining Chelsea Clinton and other women leaders to campaign for Hillary Clinton today is Alice Palmer, the former state senator who picked Obama to be her successor back in the mid-90s. When she tried to reclaim her spot, though, Obama got her booted from the ballot.
The day of campaigning culminates tonight with a “Women for Hillary” rally in New Albany. The women plan to talk about Clinton’s plans for the economy, job creation and the middle class.
Palmer’s story is more familiar in our town it is in Indiana, even in the northwest section of Hoosierland that consumes so much of the Chicago news media. Still, the national press has shown an interest in the early account of Obama playing hardball, and Palmer’s presence may remind some of them of the story.
The line “once burned” comes to mind. Indeed, it appears that Barack Obama’s “ability to play political hardball goes back to his first campaign.” Who’da thought?