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Most white Democratic women support Hillary. They see her as the first of their gender to break this, the ultimate American glass ceiling for women. Their husbands and brothers may support her for one or both of two very different reasons.
One, they simply don’t want to vote for a (half) black person, something that has been discussed by analysts. I won’t address that here. Another reason seems to have been ignored. This is that they just can’t conceive of Hill really being the boss of Bill * if she gets elected.
I believe there are many white male blue collar who just can’t believe, or won’t even entertain the possibility, that any woman could dominate a man like Bill Clinton.
For some of these men, Bill represents an ego ideal not in spite of, but because of his serial affairs and the shameless brazenness of his Oval Office dalliance with Monika. They are the men who don’t parse the meaning of the word "is" because they assume that the only thing Bill did wrong was get caught.
These men see Bill puffing out his chest and spreading his peacock plume wagging his finger in the face of reporters who dare point out his repeated contradictory statements. They like his bluster and audacity.
He’s proud and pugnacious, and they like it. When Hillary comes across as strident , prompting the "B-word", they overlook it because they know if she’s elected, Bill will put her "in her place".
This is their Bill. This is a man who no one dominates, certainly not his wife, even if she has fought her way to be one of two final candidates for the Democratic nomination.
These voters will vote for Hillary Clinton assuming that behind the scenes Bill will be calling the shots.
The fact that his precise role in a Hillary Clinton White House can’t be predicted, and will no doubt be something speculated about, when it comes to running the country, Hill will be the boss of Bill.
But this doesn’t sink in with men who are culture bound to a view of marriages as male dominated. When they vote for Hillary, they really believe they are voting for a third Bill Clinton presidency.
I know I wrote a column speculating about whether Hillary had an underlying, perhaps unconscious, reason for tenaciously pursing the nomination despite the dwindling odds she can win. I titled that column "Does Hillary have a Monika motor driving her to be the boss of Bill?" That was about my belief that as president she could easily relegate Bill to the level of a GS-13 civil servant. It’s only peripherally relevant to this column.