“Where are the white women at?”
That’s a line from Blazing Saddles. It’s also the question, indelicately phrased, now facing the Obama campaign.
With Hillary Clinton out of the race, her supporters are up for grabs. The question is how to grab them.
For Barack Obama, the strategy is simple: Act like a girl. In other words, keep doing what you’re doing.
With millions of women on the rebound, Obama is in good shape to make a pass at them. He leads John McCain 51 to 38 percent among women, according to a recent Gallup survey, and an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows him ahead at 52 to 33 percent. Among Clinton’s former supporters, Obama leads by a walloping 61 to 19 percent.
None of this should be surprising. Obama and Clinton split the female vote, and there’s a reason why the margin was so close: Women wanted to vote for a female candidate, and they all did.
They just disagreed on who that was.
SINCE THE CAMPAIGN started, Obama has been more convincingly female than any other presidential candidate, including Sen. Clinton. Yes, she meets the biological requirements, but he has all the intangibles.
Consider: He loves to talk, he is obsessed with “healing” and hates fighting, he is queasy about guns, he is more style than substance, he is easily intimidated by his spouse, and he stinks at bowling.
And Oprah endorsed him. What more proof do you need?
While Obama was tossing bowling balls into the gutters, Hillary was guzzling beers and downing shots, speaking fondly about guns and hunting and sniper fire, and not wearing skirts. She ran as a fighter and compared herself to Rocky.
Clinton kept saying how much “stronger” she was than Obama, whom she attacked for being credulous and naive (i.e., a stereotypical woman). Her brand of feminism was, one might say, conspicuously masculine. Whenever she began a sentence, “As a woman…,” you had every reason to think she was lying.
Despite talking endlessly about womanhood, Clinton rarely exhibited it. There were two exceptions: in New Hampshire, when she shed tears, thereby showing her emotional side, and on the Senate floor, when she displayed some cleavage, though not on purpose, she later made clear.
For once, we could believe she wasn’t lying.
IT’S A LITTLE strange when you think about it — a woman out-machoing a man. And yet it’s already happened twice to Barack Obama.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online