Clinton: Great White Hope?

Poll results seem to show that some view her candidacy as way to hold onto status
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 4:52 PM CDT
Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., cheer during a rally at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. Sunday, May 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)
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(Newser) – Working-class whites, as "a social category," fear a loss of definition and power, and that might be lead them to support Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, Gregory Rodriguez writes in the Los Angeles Times. This isn't white supremacy; "in fact it might be its opposite, an acknowledgment that white privilege has its limits," as non-college-educated whites feel their position slipping away.

Still, Rodriguez doesn't think this makes it OK to vote for a candidate based on racial solidarity. "In our rapidly diversifying nation, where we are all becoming minorities," he writes, "the idea that any given group has an inalienable claim on a particular political seat, appointment or office based on demographics has officially outlived its usefulness."