Sec. of State Hillary Clinton was on NBC’s Meet The Press today. At the end of the interview she was asked about Sarah Palin’s comment in her book about the possibility of sitting down for a cup of coffee with Clinton. She said, “I’m ready to have a cup of coffee. Maybe I can make a case on some of the issues that we disagree on.”
Here is the video:
Moderator David Gregory asked, “Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup of coffee, I know that we would fundamentally disagree on many issues, but my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail.” Is this somebody you’d like to sit and have coffee with, and do you plan to read the book?”
Mrs. Clinton gave a very fitting and diplomatic answer, “Well, I absolutely would look forward to having coffee. I’ve never met her. And I think it would be, you know, very interesting to sit down and talk with her. And I’ve got more than I could say grace over to read, but obviously in the next week there’s going to be a lot of attention paid to her book. And I’m sure that, you know, I’ll see excerpts printed and, you know, snippets of interviews as I, you know, channel surf in, in Singapore and in Shanghai and in Beijing. But, you know, I’m ready to have a cup of coffee. Maybe I can make a case on some of the issues that we disagree on.”
The chances of this chat happening anytime before the conclusion of the 2012 election are slim and none, but I could see this happening one day when both Clinton and Palin are out of politics. If Clinton is serious about retirement after her time as Secretary of State, a friendly chat would certainly be possible, but politicians, like boxers, never really retire.
It is fascinating that Hillary Clinton has become a trailblazer for women in both political parties that aspire to the presidency. The cynical side of me says that Palin is still trying to peel off Clinton’s 2008 supporters for her future presidential run. Palin appears to be oblivious to the fact that most Clinton supporters despise her. Their chat would be interesting, and easy fodder for another Tina Fey/Amy Poehler SNL reunion.