Rags To Riches

The New York Times has a story about the presidential race which references the spectacular win of the filly Rags To Riches, the winner of the Belmont Stakes this past Saturday.

The Seattle Times wrote that Rags To Riches made a spectacular winning ride, overcoming a great many odds and becoming the first filly to win in the past 102 years. “A stumbling start, six male opponents, a painfully slow pace and more than a century of male dominance of the Belmont would not stop this filly, not on this day.”

So much for the horserace with our four-legged friends. Back to the political horserace.

The Hillary campaign is now rightly targeting for its message the Democratic women that will vote in the primaries. That is why Hillary does so well with these Democratic women in the current polls. Politically “Independent” women will have a chance to meet the real Hillary once we Democrats nominate Hillary. Dreams by Hillary’s opponents and Ripublicans that Hillary will not win over Independent women in the general election can be filed with all the other failed glass ceiling predictions which underestimate Hillary. When the Hillary campaign starts to specifically target Independent women voters in the general election Hillary will be just as popular with Independent women as she now is with Democratic women.

We wrote Does Obama’s Skin Color Matter In The Presidential Election? about how few African-Americans have been elected to statewide offices (3 African-American U.S. Senators since 1900). Paris Hilton might be the only American willing to dispute how much “race matters”. While no woman has been elected ever in the hundreds of years of American government many women have been elected to statewide offices.

According to the Star-Telegram of Texas besides the many women U.S. Senators there are 9 women Governors and 11 women Lieutenant governors, 4 women Attorneys general, 12 women Secretaries of state, 11 women State treasurers and chief financial officers. These numbers will likely increase. As more women get elected, more women vote.

A strong woman at the top of the Democratic ticket will get more women voters to the polls and more Democrats elected nationwide.

The Star-Telegram reports,

Women outnumber and outvote men, and candidates are already creating campaigns to woo the female vote and strategists are tailoring campaign issues to focus on women’s concerns, including health care and education.”

The Washington Post reported today on Hillary’s lead with women voters,

“The consistent lead that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has maintained over Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and others in the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination is due largely to one factor: her support from women.”

The women Hillary is now specifically talking to, because they are the relevant voters in the upcoming Democratic primaries, are the women supporting Hillary:

“Clinton is drawing especially strong support from lower-income, lesser-educated women — voters her campaign strategists describe as “women with needs.” Obama, by contrast, is faring better among highly educated women, who his campaign says are interested in elevating the political discourse.”

“In 2004, women made up a majority of the Democratic primary electorate, including between 54 and 59 percent in the early-voting states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.”

“Women are a significant proportionate share of the Democratic primary electorate in most of these states, and women are disproportionately in favor of Hillary Clinton,” said Mark Mellman, a veteran Democratic pollster who is not affiliated with any presidential campaign.”

“Harrison Hickman, a pollster for Edwards, said he believes there is potential for Clinton’s early bond with these voters to falter. “When you talk to women in more detail, they express doubts,” Hickman said. Only when rival campaigns start trying to exploit those doubts, and when Clinton’s camp starts addressing them, will the polls start to paint a more meaningful portrait of the race, he said.”

Let’s keep this between ourselves Hillary supporters: Hillary is not going to lose her bond with her supporters, particularly her women supporters. But let’s let the other campaigns wear themselves out wishin’ and hopin’ that someday, when they get their act together, they will woo women into their faltering camps. Let Ripublicans also live in the dreamworld that women will support a Ripublican over Hillary in the general election.

More from the WP:

“According to the most recent Post-ABC national poll, taken between May 29 and June 1, women 18 to 44 years old are more likely to see Clinton as the most inspiring of the candidates. Clinton drew support from 61 percent of women who had at most a high school degree, compared with 18 percent for Obama. By contrast, female college graduates were more evenly split: 38 percent said they preferred Clinton, and 34 percent backed Obama. (Twelve percent said they supported Edwards.)”

Meanwhile the Boston Globe reports on Hillary’s outreach to minority women.

“Anticipating a vigorous competition for black and Hispanic votes, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has scheduled a meeting Tuesday with some 300 “women of color” to urge them to raise money and spread the word among friends to encourage support for Clinton’s candidacy.”

The Supremes.

“Members of Congress who have already endorsed Clinton were expected to be on hand, including Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, and Nydia Velasquez of New York. Mary Wilson, a former member of the Supremes, was also scheduled to attend; poet Maya Angelou was sending a video tribute.”

“The meeting was to be run by Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle and by Ann Lewis, the campaign’s director of women’s outreach. Uber-strategist Harold Ickes was also expected to attend, while campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe planned to make the fundraising pitch. Clinton was also expected to address the gathering, which was closed to press coverage.”

“It’s important at this juncture for us to try and do some serious targeting,” said Reta Lewis, a former political director during President Bill Clinton’s first term. “We need to give these women a voice and show our strength.”

“Lewis, who helped organize the event, acknowledged the competition for minority votes with Obama and other Democrats in the field, including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who hopes to become the first Hispanic president. But for Lewis, the choice was simple. “Democrats have an awesome and very diverse field, but for me the issue was leadership — someone who could take charge from day one,” she said.”