We've taken note of the spate of stories reporting that younger women aren't flocking to Hillary Clinton. But now it appears that boomer women, Hillary's contemporaries, aren't either.
And this has author and Hillary Clinton biographer Gail Sheehy discovered this boomer perfidy on a Nation magazine cruise. Seems many of Mrs. Clinton's feminist contemporaries don't recognize a debt to Hillary that can only be repaid with their votes:
“THERE is nothing more sexist than wanting Hillary Clinton as president because she’s a woman.”
That is the attack I faced, in December, from women on a cruise organized by The Nation, the stalwart liberal magazine. The ship was steady enough, but I was rocked by the vitriol. A Nation editor estimated that 70 percent of cruise participants were Bernie Sanders supporters, and about 30 percent of those thought of Hillary Clinton as evil incarnate.
I was there to speak about Mrs. Clinton’s political career, but suddenly found myself fighting paranoia that I was being shunned as a traitor to the progressive cause. I observed that most of the 200 or so women onboard were feminist boomers, ages 52 to 70-plus. Many had shared Hillary Rodham’s long history as a woman fighting for gender equality, capped with her declaration in Beijing in 1995 that “women’s rights are human rights.”
Mrs. Clinton, 68, has always counted on women of her generation as her rock-solid base.
But the base appears to be less than rock solid.
Sheehy writes that over the last few months she has had conversations with fifty boomer women and found that many are lukewarm at best about Hillary Clinton. They are questioning her honesty and some believe she is not, as one put it, "true to herself." Sheehy seems to regard politics and voting not as an array of issues but mostly as an identity matter. She regards the Benghazi hearing, at which Mrs. Clinton testified, not as an attempt to find out what happened on the night of the attack but as male politicians persecuting a female politician.
But Sheehy's article must have the Clinton camp worried: if they lose the boomer women, they've lost the most dependable segment of their base.