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Clinton-Palin coffee date: Beer Summit 2 in the making

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President Obama sought to bridge America’s racial divide over beer.

Now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she would welcome sitting down to a cup of coffee with Sarah Palin.

On two separate Sunday morning talk shows, Secretary Clinton said that she would “look forward” to chatting at a café with Ms. Palin – the former Republican vice presidential candidate, soon-to-be millionaire author, and closest thing that politics has to a lightning rod in a red pant suit.

It was, almost certainly, a moment of Sunday morning small talk. Yet if cable news’ coverage of Obama’s Beer Summit is anything to go by – with their countdown timers to zero hour and careful deconstruction of each man’s beer selection – CNN, Fox News, and MSBNC are surely mustering all of their resources into seeing if there is any possible way to bring about Clinton Kaffeklatsch (a.k.a. “Beer Summit, the Sequel”).

Palin: Let's talk

In her comment Sunday, Clinton was responding to an excerpt from Palin’s forthcoming book, “Going Rogue,” in which Palin wrote:

“Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup of coffee, I know that we will fundamentally disagree on many issues. But my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail. A lot of her supporters think she proved what Margaret Thatcher proclaimed. 'If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.’ ”

For the self-described hockey mom, the comment amounts to a self-imposed two minutes in the literary penalty box. In August 2008, Palin said that Clinton was essentially whining when Clinton suggested that she was not being treated fairly by the media because she was a woman. (See the video here.)


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