Friday, March 20, 2009

Kay presents award to Hillary Clinton...

While Rick was giving T. Boone Pickens an award last night (link), Kay was doing the same routine, but for Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. (link). Excerpt follows:
Clinton was there to accept the organization's "Global Trailblazer" award for "her passionate commitment to promoting women's rights and securing justice for all people around the world." The award was presented to her by a former political opponent during Clinton's time in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.).

"Vital Voices is all about uniting women and working together for positive change," said the Hutchinson. "[Hillary Clinton] has reached out to bring people around this common cause and has used her powerful voice to raise the voices of all women. ... As presidential candidate last year, she made 18 million cracks in the ceiling and inspired women all over the world. As secretary of State, she is putting women's rights at the top of her agenda."

"I want to thank Kay for being such a wonderful colleague and friend," said Clinton in return. "I will do what I can to champion these issues and to use my own voice in support of women who raise their voices." She added that governments and leaders "realize that no nation can be successful if it invests only in and listens only to one half of the population."
Kay and Hillary will appear again in Dallas together next week. You can submit questions for them on the blog of the Women's Museum (link).

I guess female politicians stick together, regardless of party. Kay wrote a book about women in politics, profiling important women from American history, including Hillary Clinton (link).

Is this something Rick's peeps can seize upon? Hillary did win the Democratic PrimoCaucus fiasco in Texas, but barely. I think Obama even ended up with more delegates from Texas. But Hillary might have a certain appeal among moderate women voters. I wonder if Kay will tap into that at all under the radar, and I wonder if Rick will throw hammers at Kay's relationship with Hillary. Or would Rick be perceived as ungentlemanly for picking on a woman if he attacks Kay for putting her feminity above her partisanship?

Hillary may be popular in moderate female voters, but she is radioactive among Republican primary voters. Does Kay eventually have to throw Hillary under the bus?

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