Diary

Obama to Hide Behind Hillary's Pantsuit

  • Brave Obama ran away.
  • Bravely ran away, away!
  • When Palin reared her lovely head,
  • He bravely turned his tail and fled.
  • Yes, brave Obama turned about
  • And gallantly he chickened out.
  • Bravely taking to his feet
  • He beat a very brave retreat,
  • Bravest of the brave, Obama!

ST. PAUL — Senator Barack Obama will increasingly lean on prominent Democratic women to undercut Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain, dispatching Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Florida on Monday and bolstering his plan to deploy female surrogates to battleground states, Obama advisers said Thursday.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign event in Florida, her first for Mr. Obama since the Democratic convention, will serve as a counterpoint to the searing attacks and fresh burst of energy that Ms. Palin injected into the race with her convention speech on Wednesday, Obama aides said.

With the McCain-Palin team courting undecided female voters, including some who backed Mrs. Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Obama aides said they were counting on not only Mrs. Clinton but also Democratic female governors to rebut Ms. Palin — and, by extension, Mr. McCain. Those governors include Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas.