WASHINGTON – Grudge match articles about alleged disgruntled Hillary supporters remain the fall back fighting position of the Right, a subject I know something about because of my role in the primaries. But it’s a very narrow story. Today it comes from Daily Caller, though it could have been from Drudge:
“After 2008 [Clinton voters] were basically told get over it, and they haven’t gotten over it,” Amy Siskind, president of the feminist advocacy group The New Agenda, told The Daily Caller.
Women, however, did vote for Obama in droves with the hope that he would tackle the issues important to them once in office. This has not been the case according to many Hillary Clinton supporters.
“Barack Obama wasn’t the women’s candidate in 2008 and he is not the women’s president midway through 2011,” Diane Mantouvalos, a 2008 Clinton supporter and co-founder of HireHeels.com (“a forum of power chics for Hillary”) noted.
According to Manatouvalos — who pointed to a March 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed 90 percent of recovery jobs had gone to men in the prior 12 months as proof — Obama has hardly been the women-friendly executive so many thought he could be.
Indeed, while women did vote for Obama by a margin of 13 percentage points over the GOP in 2008, Democrats lost the women’s vote to Republicans by 1 percentage point during the 2010 elections, based on exit polling.
Pres. Obama wasn’t on the ballot in 2010, but the disastrously marketed health care bill was. So, the 2010 numbers were real, including that women split evenly, as did seniors. You’d think with the war on women the GOP is waging across this country there would be less of a worry in 2012. But today, economics trumps abortion rights advocate issues, with the feeling people have about the economy a lot more troublesome for Obama than the numbers.
It still doesn’t make the difference. In Pennsylvania right now, a state that loves both Clintons, but not so much Barack Obama, there is little evidence that with the current choices of Republicans can beat Obama yet and I believe won’t in PA. From Quinnipiac, June 15:
In possible presidential election matchups, President Obama tops Romney 47 – 40 percent and leads Santorum 49 – 38 percent. Independent voters back Obama, 41 – 37 percent over Romney and 46 – 35 percent over Santorum.
But that won’t keep sites from running the anti Obama Hillary voters story. Rehashing mythic tales is the stuff of election seasons. Here’s part of a comment I got today from a die hard Hillary supporter on Obama:
[…] So like the VAST majority of Hillary supporters, I will vote to re-elect Barack Obama because he will be clearly better, smarter and more deserving than whoever ends up as the GOP nominee. […]
There’s the anecdotal, then there’s the practical, with Democrats usually coming home once they see the altervative.
Taylor Marsh is a Washington based political analyst, writer and commentator on national politics, foreign policy, and women in power. A veteran national politics writer, Taylor’s been writing on the web since 1996. She has reported from the White House, been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and has been seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her blog.
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