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“Half of all the women in the United states are single, and they voted for John Kerry in 2004 by a margin of 25 points” – (

I guess because I’m old and married I never thought of half the women in America as being single; and though I knew women are more likely to vote Democratic than men I never thought the margin among single women was a whopping 25 points.

No wonder political analyst Dick Morris says single women are Hillary Clinton’s ‘secret weapon’ and their votes mean she’ll likely win the Presidential election in 2008 if she gets the Democrats nomination.

The good news – if you’re a Republican – is unlike most pundits Morris isn’t certain Hillary will actually win the nomination. He argues a recent ten point drop in the polls shows Hillary is slipping and other candidates – like Al Gore – making gains. On the other hand, I’m afraid – if Hillary does get the nomination – Dick Morris may be right about single women.

Years ago, just before Hillary ran for Senate, I went into a restaurant in New York with a friend and he sat down at the bar by a blonde single girl. Eventually he got around to asking:

“Well, what do you think of Hillary running for Senate?”

The girl said adamantly: “I’m going to vote for her.”

My friend shook his head. “Why?”

“Because the ‘suits’ are against her.”

My friend frowned, puzzled. “The ‘suits’?”

She explained the ‘suits’ were businessmen, executives, CEO’s, and they were holding back young women like her. He asked: “Where do you work?”

She said she worked at one of the biggest stock-brokerage firms in New York. He asked: “What do you do?”

“I’m a broker.”

“Where did you go to school?”

“UCLA. But I’m about to go to the Wharton School of Economics in Philadelphia to get a Masters degree.”

“What does your father do?”

“He’s a fireman.”

“So did you go to school on a scholarship?”

“I did.”

“So let me get this right: your dad’s a fireman, you went to UCLA on a scholarship, you’ve got another scholarship to Wharton, you’re making, what, say $125,000 a year, as a stockbroker – and the ‘suits’ have screwed you?” He added: “Is there any way I can convince you not to vote for Hillary?”

She said firmly: “No.”

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