She was falling behind in the polls that were released in the days leading up to the election by double digits, so this win has been called an upset. I think a lot of the change has to do with misogyny reaching a fever pitch right before the New Hampshire primary.
This past Monday in a campaign stop we all saw Hillary get close to tearing up, and here's the video for those of you who missed it:
And all this comes after being referred to, either implicitly or explicitly, as a cold bitch for the last 16 years. The contradiction is so gaping that Echidne asks:
Now could someone in the media write a piece about exactly how a female candidate may show emotion, when and where.
While I personally do not support Clinton because of her triagulating, her close union-busting advisers, and her vote for the endless war, this stuff is actually making me a lot more sympathetic to her. The level of insanity in the media, the way they've been running screaming about the possibility of a woman president since the start of this, the way they ask if America's ready for a woman with a wink and a nudge, the way they disparage Hillary so personally, that guy with the "Iron my shirt" sign, and the way the media feel so free to comment on her marriage in a way that they don't with regards to the other candidates, makes me think that there is something the matter with the system that can be fixed by having Hillary actually become president.
This feeling is what Pam Spaulding has called "The Tweety Effect" ("Tweety" being a nickname for Chris Matthews, the MSNBC commentator who's probably more obsessed with Hillary-hating than any of his colleagues):
I’m not sure that it applies here, given the complicating factor of gender bias, and what we can now call “The Tweety Effect,” where the misogyny of a talking head in the MSM so enrages a demographic that they go out and vote in a manner that will put egg on the face of the talking head.
Well, that's what I'm thinking from the MSNBC YouTube clip above. Matthews feels completely at ease with saying that the only reason Hillary was a Senator was because her husband cheated on her (should we expect to see Mrs. Craig run for office any time soon?). He says point-blank that she didn't win on merits (like her community organizing, center-left politics, charisma, technocratic campaign, or incredible intelligence) - it was all about her husband.
Hell, if I can feel sympathy for a union-busting, pro-war former Wal-mart board member and half feel like I'll be flipping off the system by supporting her, then I think that there's a definite chance that others reacted strongly enough to change their votes.