Janice Shaw Crouse

Further, New Hampshire leans left with over half of the electorate registered Democrat. Hillary won handily in the urban pockets of hard-core Democratic voters. The weather cooperated, so the older people came out. Nearly half of them voted for Hillary. She won the non-college vote, the low-income vote, the urban vote, the Catholic vote, the single vote and the powerful union vote. She has the organization, the high-powered advisors, seasoned surrogates and spinmeisters and plenty of campaign funds.

Hillary, in her victory speech, told how she had listened to the voters in New Hampshire and in the process found her own voice. Perhaps, as a result, the scene at her victory speech was completely different from her previous crowd scenes. Instead of old friends and aging feminists, young people crowded the space behind her. Bill and Chelsea made brief appearances on stage, then quickly left. Hillary’s remarks and her demeanor were more casual and personal than ever before. Gone were the harsh expressions and stern language. Gone were the dark pants suits; instead, she wore simple pants and a feminine jacket. The new Hillary had escaped her cocoon of control and emerged as woman determined to forge her own destiny.

Say what you will, the Clintons are the consummate political couple. The results in New Hampshire proved just how foolish it is to think that anything will drive them out of the public arena. A few tears and the voters swarmed out to the polls to comfort Hillary and give her what she wanted.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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