Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Personally, I have my doubts about this. I think the reason that Hillary Clinton suddenly had so much appeal for white working class voters (particularly in Appalachia) in 2008 is because she was the alternative to the black guy. In 2016 she won't be that anymore, so she will probably slip back into being portrayed as the privileged feminist that working class voters can't relate to. You know, just like she was before the 2007-2008 primary fight.

That said, it was remarkable  to see Clinton suddenly portrayed as the great hope of white working class males back in 2007-2008. I think anyone who remembered how she was depicted in the 1990s would find that a little bewildering. It just goes to show how much of a candidate's image is just a projection of the hopes and pathologies of the people who create these narratives.