In short, the biggest selling point for a Clinton candidacy isn’t her foreign policy chops, or having Bill Clinton back in the White House — it’s by far her gender. No other reason even comes close — foreign policy only nets 9 percent.
“Clearly Clinton’s ‘unique selling proposition’ is that she would be the first woman president. Nearly one in five Americans mention this historic possibility as a positive, including 22% of women, 27% of 18- to 29-year-olds, and 30% of Democrats,” Frank Newport writes on Gallup’s Web site. The survey was conducted March 15-16.
The super PACs, like Ready For Hillary, know this very well. And even though they still don’t have a candidate, they are busy crafting a storyline for Clinton that would emphasize her background. At a recent event, the group featured a video montage of Clinton photos backed by Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Lyrics: “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire / ‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar. Louder, louder than a lion / ‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!” (Sure sounds like the modern-day remix or at least a play on Helen Reddy’s 1971 feminist call-to-arms “I Am Woman,” and a certain generation is sure to hear it that way.)