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Identity politics

Posted by Richard on January 9, 2008

According to the exit polls, Hillary Clinton won in New Hampshire because women, and especially older women, voted for her by a big margin. So I guess identity politics worked quite well for her this time.

The trouble with identity politics, though, is that it can come back and bite you. It didn't seem to matter much in New Hampshire, but in South Carolina it could be significant that Sen. Clinton claimed Martin Luther King was just talk, and it was Lyndon Johnson who really made a difference regarding civil rights. 

Well, OK, that's not literally what she said. But if I were working for the Obama campaign, that's how I'd characterize it.  

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