"Boys against girl," Part II

Clinton strategist says that attacks by Edwards and Obama are drawing a "backlash," particularly among women.

By Tim Grieve

Published November 1, 2007 3:59PM (EDT)

One more sign that the Clinton campaign's "boys against girl" frame isn't exactly accidental: As the Hill reports, Clinton strategist Mark Penn told supporters on a conference call Wednesday that he was "detecting some backlash," particularly among female voters, to the attacks John Edwards and Barack Obama launched against Clinton during Tuesday night's debate.

The Hill quotes Penn as saying that these female voters are saying: "Sen. Clinton needs our support now more than ever if we're going to see this six-on-one to try to bring her down."

Update: Here's Clinton today, speaking at Wellesley College: "In so many ways, this all women's college prepared me to compete on the all boys' club of presidential politics."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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