Friday, May 09, 2008

Hillary's last great hope

Hillary Clinton

From Hillary Clinton's explosive interview staking claim to a "broader base" among "hard-working Americans, white Americans":

West Virginia and Kentucky are the next battleground for swing, working-class voters. These are the people you have to win if you're a Democrat in sufficient numbers to actually win the election. Everybody knows that. And I think it's important that I won this group decisively in Texas, and Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and even North Carolina. We've got to appeal to those voters if we're going to win in November. . . .

[T]here was just an AP article posted that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how . . . whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me. And in independents I was running even with him and doing even better with Democratic-leaning independents. I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on.

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Anonymous Ann Bartow said...

Okay, I don't mean this as a defense of Clinton, I really really don't, because I don't like her approach here, for many reasons. To name just one, what about the Latino voters that she claims support her? And I think she is wrong here on many other counts, some of which are alluded to in the post.

But stepping back for just a second, I have to say, that despite e.g. Donna Brazile's representations to the contrary, (for example, here: ) I'm pretty sure the Obama camp is having the same conversations about race based demographic groups, and making the same calculations, but more privately. In fact, I know they are.

So while I'm totally down with condemning her for what she said, I have to say the fact that she publicly mentioned white voters as a discreet group maybe bothers me less than others. I understand that the fact that I am white probably has something to do with this.

But I'm also a woman. And women are always talked about during political campaigns as if we are some freakish special interest group. Remember "soccer moms"? Just today the WaPo ran an article titled, I kid you not, "Republicans Vote Against Moms; No Word Yet on Puppies, Kittens" (See: ) On the stump, Michelle Obama makes very particularized appeals to women about why they should support her husband.

I usually don't like the things that get said about "women" or the dumbass sexist generalizations that are made, but it does give you a sense of your enemy, which is in its own way helpful.

We are a culture that talks far more openly about gender divides than racial divides. I'm not sure that bringing conversations about race into a more public sphere is a bad idea. Though Clinton's approach here is certainly bad, please do not believe for a minute that I think otherwise.

5/10/2008 4:16 PM  

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