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Laff Riot: Blue-Collar Women Support Hillary

From the DNC mouthpiece (and New York Times owned) Boston Globe:

Mrs. Bill Clinton pretends to work as a nurse’s aide in this August 13, 2007 photo op.

Blue-collar women see hope in Clinton

Many cite a focus on health, children

By Marcella Bombardieri, Globe Staff  |  November 24, 2007

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is capitalizing on an overlooked strain of feminism in blue-collar women – nurse’s aides, factory workers, farmers, and single mothers – to help fuel her strength among the Democratic candidates for president.

Even many working-class women who have spent their lives in traditional roles at home and work have been animated by Clinton’s effort to shatter what she has called “the highest, hardest glass ceiling.”

In recent interviews, some of these Clinton supporters say that they have been impressed enough by her advocacy for healthcare and children to jettison their previous views of her as a brash, ambitious lawyer and politician. Some said a female president would do things not just differently, but better.

“We need to have a woman president,” said Honey Davis, 64, of Onawa, Iowa, a longtime nurse’s aide who has diabetes. “A woman would be a little more tender-hearted toward the people, and knowledgeable about family issues.”

In addition, Davis said, because of Clinton’s experience watching the wheels of power grind while she was first lady, the New York senator “will have some ways of getting around the old-boy type of thing.” …

But the backbone of her support, going back to her first US Senate race seven years ago, remains among those who resemble her the least – blue-collar and working-class women, as well as black women. Analysts say she connects with working-class women emotionally by presenting an image as a fighter who has overcome obstacles in her life, and appeals to them politically by offering proposals that would help their pocketbooks….

A Boston Globe poll this month of likely primary voters in New Hampshire suggested that Clinton has higher support among Democratic women without a college degree than among better-educated women. Several national polls have shown the same trend.

Clinton’s campaign has tried to exploit this advantage with several events geared toward working-class women, including a series of evening telephone calls called “The Dishes are Done,” when Clinton gets on the line to speak with groups of undecided New Hampshire women.

She has also tried to strike a balance, emphasizing the historic nature of her candidacy and her Washington experience and skills, while also softening the edges of her longtime public persona as a driven, professional woman who elevated career above all else.

Last month, she regaled an audience in Manchester, N.H., with stories about how awkward it was at her Little Rock, Ark., law firm when she became visibly pregnant, and how she didn’t know what to do when baby Chelsea was crying inconsolably.

One of her favorite refrains in recent weeks as rivals have stepped up their attacks on her is to repeat President Harry Truman’s line that, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” And then she adds, “And I feel very comfortable in the kitchen.” …

[Barney Frank’s sister] Ann Lewis, Clinton’s top adviser on women’s outreach, attributed the candidate’s success with blue-collar women to her history of working on healthcare and children’s issues, as well as her personal story.

“They know she’s been a good mother, and that’s very important to them,” Lewis said. “Here’s someone who’s juggled a job, raised a family, and volunteered. That’s what they think people should do.”

Of course, the public picture of Clinton’s life is more complicated. The fact that she stayed with a husband who cheated on her remains on the minds of many female voters, sometimes to her detriment, particularly among better-educated women who believe she betrayed the ideals of feminism…

But that struggle helped make Clinton “a strong, strong woman,” said Beulah Miller, 76, of Onawa, Iowa, who saw Bill Clinton at a local high school.

Miller calls herself a “farm wife.” And she loves the idea of a female president.

“Who is the one who does the dishes and gets the kids everywhere?” she said. “Women have been underestimated for years.”

Needless to say, Mrs. Bill Clinton has never “done the dishes,” nor has she ever “gotten the kids everywhere.”

She has always had servants to do that, servants on the Arkansas or Federal payroll.

Indeed, Hillary has never had a real job in her entire life.

Her only “accomplishment” was marrying Bill Clinton and riding his coat-tails all of her adult life. And the success of that “marriage” is highly debatable.

If anything, Hillary Rodham Clinton is a parody of feminism. She has simply pretended to make her own way, when in fact her husband brought her everything she now has.

If women are this easily bamboozled, they should not be allowed to vote.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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