Why White Men Are Warming Up to Hillary

Is Clinton drawing more male voters because she's jumped the gender divide?
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 10:47 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at a rally in an airport hanger in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Thursday, May 8, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – When a woman makes it to the White House, it will be thanks largely to Hillary Clinton's demonstration of late that she could move beyond annoying stereotypes of the strong female, writes Susan Faludi in the New York Times. Instead of being a goody-goody rules-pusher—"the purse-lipped killjoy who passes strait-laced judgment on feral boy fun"—Clinton has joined in the brawl, showing she can "hit hard, not complain, bounce back and endeavor to prevail in the end."

Writes Faludi: "Whether Senator Clinton’s pugilism has elevated the current race for the nomination is debatable. But the strategy has certainly remade the political world for future female politicians, who may now cast off the assumption that when the going gets tough, the tough girl will resort to unilateral rectitude."