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Sen. Hillary Clinton at Benaroya Hall, Oct. 22, 2007. Audio & Photos by Chris Kornelis.

Just a couple weeks ago I heard Sen. Joe Biden

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Clinton, Inslee: Let's Break Barriers and Put a Woman in the White House

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Sen. Hillary Clinton at Benaroya Hall, Oct. 22, 2007. Audio & Photos by Chris Kornelis.

Just a couple weeks ago I heard Sen. Joe Biden on Meet the Press tell Tom Brokaw that "I just think, you know, all folks are a little more discriminating than just merely whether or not it's the same sex or the same ethnicity or whatever." It got me thinking about how it was not so very long ago that the Democrats were doing their best to put their woman in the White House. And not just on basis her policies and experience. I didn't hear much "Vote for Hillary because she's a woman" talk from reasonable human beings, nor have I heard "Vote Palin Because she's a woman." But there certainly was some inference that voting a woman into the White House would be a big step forward for woman, particularly, as Sen. Clinton pointed out at Benaroya Hall, for the 90-year-old set born before women could vote.

Consider the following applause lines and anecdotes from Clinton's Oct. 22, 2007 stop at Benaroya Hall. The Palin camp could carbon copy these for the governor's speeches:

From Sen. Clinton's Speech:

"But, there are two groups of people who constantly put a smile on my face and inspire me to keep going. One are women in their 90s who come to my events. And they all say something, like ... I'm 95 years old, I was born before women could vote in this country, and I'm going to live long enough to see a woman in the white house.

The other group are the children who come, and the parents who bring them, and they listen and they squirm, they bring coloring books and Cheerios that they spill everywhere, I sometimes get very distracted because they're so adorable ....Then as I go out and shake hands in the crowd, I often here --- could be a father with a child on his shoulders, or a mother holding a little hand --- a parent lean over and say to a daughter, "see honey, in this country you can be anything you want to be."

Rep. Jay Inslee, Introducing Clinton:

Rep. Inslee told the audience about a story a cabbie in Iowa told him. After explaining to his daughter that the people she saw on the side of the road were campaigning for Sen. Clinton: "... His daughter turned to him and said, "Dad, does this mean I can be president, too?"

"When Hillary Rodham Clinton is President of The United States, the Democratic party will have done what it does best: break barriers. And for those who don't think America can elect a woman president, I stand on this firm belief as a rock: if America can elect the most incompetent man in America, it can elect the most admired woman in America."

 
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