Women of all stripes like Hillary Clinton, but her most ardent supporters aren’t her high-powered peers, but working-class women. That oft-neglected voting block represents Hillary’s backbone, the Boston Globe reports, admiring the tough resolve she projects and her populist policies. To exploit the edge, Clinton is softening her career-woman persona, with motherhood stories and a woman-targeted “Dishes are Done” phone campaign.
One pollster cautioned that, since lower-class women have less time to turn into politics, Clinton’s edge could reflect no more than her name recognition. She won’t take the block without a fight either, since Obama and Edwards are targeting the same voters. And while some see her marital problems as a character-building trial, others believe she betrayed her feminist ideals by sticking with Bill.