Hillary Clinton is the first woman in U.S. history with a clear shot at winning the White House, but she’s suffering from a lack of support from what might otherwise be considered a solid Clinton base — upscale, college-educated women.
Surprisingly, polls continue to show that half of college-educated Democratic women do not support Hillary.
These “Hillary resisters” oppose her candidacy for a variety of reasons.
“For some, it’s visceral,” the Los Angeles Times observes.
“While they struggled to break through institutional barriers in the workplace, Clinton hitched her star to her man and followed him to the top. When his philandering imperiled his political career, she not only pulled him out of the fire but helped orchestrate attacks against his accusers.”
For other women, the opposition to the Clinton candidacy is purely political — they are disturbed by Hillary’s support for the Iraq war and her reluctance to take firm stands on some important issues.
On the Huffington Post blog, writer Nora Ephron included herself among the “Hillary resisters” and said these women “don’t trust her as far as you can spit.”
Feminist Jean Lloyd-Jones, a former Iowa legislator who feels Clinton is beholden to corporate interests and would have trouble winning the general election, told the Times: “I would be pleased to have a woman in the oval office, but Hillary Clinton is not my first choice.”
And Clara Oleson, a retired lawyer in Iowa who supports Barack Obama, said she takes offense at the assertions that she should vote for Hillary because she is a woman. “That is a phrase I have fought against my entire life,” she said.
Although Hillary garnered only 50 percent of the vote among college-educated women in an October Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, that was actually an improvement over the 29 percent she collected in a June poll.
And many “Hillary resisters” say that in the end they would vote for Clinton if she does win the Democratic nomination, according to the Times, because “keeping a Republican out of the White House will become the paramount concern for Democrats, Hillary resistant or otherwise.”
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