This is the seventh consecutive year that Hillary Clinton has secured top billing as Americans’ Most Admired Woman — and the 13th year she has made the top ten since her first appearance on the list in 1993. The 20% naming Clinton this year is comparable to what she received in 2007 (18%), but falls short of the 28% naming her in 1998. – Gallup

The most admired woman, with the next female half as powerful as Secretary of State designee Hillary Clinton.

That woman, Sarah Palin, has one-sixteenth of Clinton’s experience, intellect and national security knowledge. Palin being mainly a cultural gift to anyone still moored in the 19th century. A woman who was picked for her looks and gender, with her intellect not having anything to do with it. If you want to know the biggest difference between Republican and Democratic ideals where equality is concerned, all you have to do is look at the criteria for women succeeding on the national ticket level. Republicans still believing in appearances for women, as if the presidency is still some beauty pageant for females, vs. Democrats who insist on qualifications for the job. HRC being a fully realized 21st century leader, including in the hardest won area, national security. Not since 1998, the height of the Lewinsky imbroglio, has Hillary Clinton enjoyed such widespread approval. This year her admiration quotient is not based on sympathy, but on the power of her personal political prowess and portfolio, something she’s earned in her own right that reached its height in 2008, but which she has the chance of surpassing once she’s heading the State department.

For those of us who have followed HRC over the years and not just in 2008, her rise comes as no surprise.