Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's All About You

Maybe Hillary Clinton is the proof of Barack Obama's point. She is so bitter about the way her campaign is going that she is clinging to a shot & a beer and guns too.

After all, it doesn't seem as those her bitter comments are helping her cause. As Booman Tribune says:

You know, all this hand-wringing about young women's alleged alienation from second-wave feminists would have a lot more saliency if Hillary Clinton were not a representative of the New Democratic wing of the party, if her campaign staff and advisers were not dominated by veterans of her husband's campaigns, if she were not running a racially polarizing campaign, if she didn't have severe electability issues (high negatives, issues with the truth), and if she could plausibly represent change and non-elitism after living for eight years in the White House.

People are simply voting against Clinton for other reasons than that she is a woman. . . . I've met a few people at bars over the last two years that have openly admitted that they would never vote for a woman . . . any woman. They weren't Democrats and most of them won't vote for a black guy either. I'm not saying that Clinton hasn't been the recipient of some misogynistic rhetoric from political commentators. But none of it has come from the Obama campaign.

Clinton's problem is not that she is a woman but that, for a whole host of reasons, she is a flawed candidate. Rejecting her is in no way a rejection of feminism.
And McClatchy News adds, White women begin to turn away from Hillary Clinton:
Like many women over 50, Paula Houwen was eager to vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

"I was impressed when she was first lady. She wasn't the country's trophy wife," the 56-year-old suburban Philadelphia pharmacist recalled.

Today, though, Houwen's no longer a Clinton fan.

"I do not like the way Hillary Clinton has run her campaign," she said.

Clinton's strongest core of support — white women — is beginning to erode in Pennsylvania, the site of the critical April 22 Democratic presidential primary, and a loss here could effectively end her White House run.

A Quinnipiac University survey taken April 3-6 in Pennsylvania found that Clinton's support fell 6 percentage points in a week among white women. Nationally, a Lifetime Networks poll of women found that 26 percent said they liked Clinton less now than in January, while only 15 percent said they liked her more.

"These are Democratic women who waited all their lives for a woman president, but Hillary is not turning them on," said polling analyst Clay Richards.

I wonder if she had some bitters with that cocktail?

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