ST. PAUL — Advisers to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Sunday that Senator John McCain’s selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate would lead to a greater role for Mrs. Clinton as she campaigned this fall on behalf of her former rival, Senator Barack Obama.

Mrs. Clinton’s friends said she was galled that Ms. Palin might try to capitalize on a movement that Mrs. Clinton, of New York, built among women in the primaries. And Democrats used strong words on Sunday to rebut the notion: Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts said that women would not be “seduced” by the Republican ticket, and Guy Cecil, the former political director of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, said it was “insulting” for Republicans to compare Ms. Palin to Mrs. Clinton.

Right up front let me get this out: Yes, I’m doubtful! I really want to be proven wrong though. I’ll even write Hillary a check myself if she comes out swinging against Palin. Hillary waiting in the wings to pound this Alaskan Plebe makes me smile. I’ll wait until the pounding begins to celebrate though.

What gives me pause? This:

But asked if the Palin pick would lead to a new political marriage between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, a senior Clinton adviser, Ann Lewis, said: “Not a political marriage. She is not on the ticket. Senator Obama chose Joe Biden as his running mate. Hillary will do what she can to help.”

There’s your out. If Hillary wanted to allow the Palin pick to draw support from Obama for some kind of 2012 “I told you so” return, she certainly could. Float some stories of how mad she is about Palin using her and make a few appearances. We need more than that from Hillary and if we don’t get it she will be hurting her own chances for any higher office in the future not to mention her legacy as a woman politician fighting for women’s issues.

Don’t wait, Hillary. The time is now. You should have already been out in front of Sarah Palin hijacking your campaign themes. I should have already seen you on cable show after cable show countering this profane use of your name to further right wing causes.

Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand up?

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