Hillary Gets Comfy in Blue Collar

Working-class women form Clinton's most ardent supporters
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2007 7:50 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is introduced during a town hall conversation hosted by Women for Hillary Monday, June 4, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.