The female factor

Behind The News
September 9, 2008 1:16:32 PM PDT
I'm just guessing - but does Barack Obama want some kind of "do-over?" I wonder, if given the chance to pick again, Sen. Obama would have chosen Hillary Clinton to be his running mate.

I know, I know - many women are insulted that a man (John McCain) would pick a woman (Sarah Palin) as his running mate, with the assumption that just naming a woman would somehow lure other women; that the nominee's politics wouldn't matter.

But now that she seems to be something of a hit, a lot of people who didn't understand her, are now trying to.

A new ABC News poll out tonight - and embargoed till after 5 p.m., which is why I'm not going to put in the numbers because some of you get this column before 5 p.m. -- show that white women have shifted their support, from Obama before the Republican convention, to McCain after the convention.

And now Obama is going to rely on Hillary Clinton to help him win back those one-time supporters.

What a strange position for Sen. Clinton -- from the dominant and (at least according to her people) presumed nominee a year ago, to the missed-it-by-this-much also-ran, to the catered-to runner-up at the convention, to the magnanimous and gracious speaker at the gathering in Denver, to the potential savior.

Whew.

We'll have the latest on the poll and the campaign, tonight at 11.

And, under the heading, what was he thinking? A man from Arizona, on his way home, was stopped this weekend by security at JFK Airport, after he tried to get a set of brass knuckles through the magnetic screening machines.

He tried, but didn't make it. And guess what cops say they discovered? $150,000 in stolen property - including jewelry and credit cards allegedly belonging a veterinarian in Tucson whose home had been burglarized two months ago.

Smart, eh?

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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