Originally Hilary Clinton was going to attend. But then she backed out because Sarah Palin was also invited.
"Her attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event," said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. "Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending."A partisan event? Doesn't having just Clinton make it a partisan event? Wouldn't having a prominent Republican and Democrat make it non-partisan?
In an effort to balance the attendees, the Jewish organizers invited Biden. Biden declined:
In an e-mail to me, Biden spokesman David Wade said that “we’ve had longstanding commitment to speak at National Guard Convention on Monday in Maryland.”As a result, the organizer of the event were told if Palin attended, they would be violating their tax-exempt status for hosting a political gathering. How petty. Under the pressue, Palin has be uninvited.
One of the organizing officials claims that even if Clinton hadn't backed out, the invitation to Palin would have had to have been retracted:
"The IRS is very clear, Hillary Clinton does not equal Sarah Palin," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "You have to have equal representation of candidates."First, that's a quote that just has to make Clinton smolder--it reminds me of the SNL skit last week. I'm definitely saving that quote if there actually is Palin vs Clinton in 2012...
But more to the point, if all the above is accurate, it appears Biden could have shown up and the protest would have had two high-profile attendees. Some say it was a calculated move on Biden's part. The last thing the Democrats want are images of Palin meeting with world leaders on the front page.
In the end, that is what they are going to get regardless. Sarah Palin will be meeting with some world leaders next week, including Afghanistan President Karzai.
I'm disappointed in Biden's decision. He had the opportunity to stand against Ahmadinejad. Instead he chose to stand against Palin in a political stunt--one which the McCain-Palin team sidestepped. Just who do the Democrats view as the bigger threat to America, anyway?