There is a lot of anger against Clinton. She’s perceived (rightly or wrongly; rightly, I think) as representing the “official” Washington Democractic think tank folks, who also tried to tell the party in general that Howard Dean’s 2006 strategy of targetting all states accross the board wouldn’t work, and they must think small. Dean’s plan was not only adopted at the crossroots, it won. And then the head of the Democratic National Committee tried to get Dean fired.
And this is the same man who is the chief advisor to Clinton.
As of today, she has finally stated that there’s no need for her to apologize for her Iraq votes, since she accepted Bush’s statement of what was needed acted based on knowledge she had received (and which others ranted and raved was wrong at the time). Already, she’s recceived an onslaught of criticism for this, and–again–it has surprised her advisors. Who apparently didn’t think anyone would especially care.
So Clinton is seen as the money candidate, the big business candidate, the “insider” candidate, which is not a good thing in US Presidential politics. And she is also the NYC candidate, which is death in the South and the West, where a candidate perceived as representing New York (and in her case, New York City) is right up there alongside bin Ladan for everybody’s friend.
No doubt some of this is unfair to Clinton. She’s very smart. She’s forceful, and a good speaker. She knows how to promote her agenda. She desperately wants to win. But she has played it cautious far too long and compromised her credentials as a principled candidate, in a party that earnestly wants to set about proving itself to be principled, when set against the major corruption that has led to over 70 Republicans in federal or state office being indited this past year, alone.
For the rest, there is no real “woman’s vote for a woman’s candidate” in the US. Polls taken at voting booths showed that people voted in 2006 on a few central issues: corruption, Iraq, the economy. They don’t perceive the tremendous damage done to the framework of government by Bush, nor really the depth of damage done economically, or diplomatically; but they are definitely voting now along ideological grounds. Frivolous voting by sexual preference is out, at least for now.