Instead, her emphasis on these issues reinforces the fact that during her 20 years in the public political arena she has consistently pushed a feminist agenda that is out of sync with most women. While she has deviated from the radical left on occasion (producing problems among her radical "netroots" base), few people doubt her fierce commitment to a hard left position, and her politically expedient behavior in those instances makes them suspicious of her motives.

The last presidential election was won because a majority of the voters ranked morals and religion higher than the economy. The South and Middle America regions, and women especially, vote their values. Thus, Hillary and other presidential candidates are focusing on the women and the religious voters. Does Hillary really think that voters will forget about her Oprah interview last year when she said, "Right now, the greatest threat to world peace is intolerance cloaked in religion"? She went on to describe the most dangerous ones: "People who believe that their religious views are the only right ones." If she had been referring to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, she would have called them by name. No, these statements were another aspect of her earlier claim about a "right-wing conspiracy" being the source of her husband's problems.

Ronald Reagan advised, "Trust the people -- this is the crucial lesson of history." During the primaries and general election of 2008, the people will decide who to trust.


Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse is a Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute. She writes about contemporary issues that affect women, family, religion and culture in her regular column "Dot.Commentary."