While Obama spokesman Bill Burton reacted in typically nasty fashion, a gracious Hillary Clinton released a statement congratulating Sarah Palin, John McCain’s pick for vice president.

“We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain.”

Hillary went on to say that while the nomination is historic, the policies of the Republican duo would “lead the nation in the wrong direction.”

The point here is that Hillary did the right thing, the gracious thing. Bill Burton and the Obama campaign did just the opposite, once again proving that the politics of the past is more entrenched in their campaign than anywhere else.

Evidently, I was not the first to point out the contradiction between “the change” they talk about and the old politics they practice. Later in the day, like a naughty schoolboy who had to be reminded to play nice, Barack Obama issued another statement belatedly offering his own congratulations to Palin.

For a biography of Sarah Palin, click here.