Exit Polls Show Women Backed Clinton: "Democratic women rallied around Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, according to statewide exit polls, confounding expectations and providing her margin of victory over Senator Barack Obama," reports The New York Times.

The Clinton Comeback: Joan Walsh of Salon writes:

After her stunning upset victory over Barack Obama Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton gave the speech I thought she needed to give Monday. It was worth waiting for. "Over the last week, I listened to you, and in the process, I found my voice," she told a room of shocked supporters, looking a remarkable combination of exhausted, happy and humble. (Not humbled. There’s a difference.) "Let’s give America the kind of comeback New Hampshire has given me." There was a lot more "us," and "we," and "you" than "I." Even a line she’s used before had new resonance, delivered in a slightly subdued, grateful tone. "Too many of you have been invisible for too long. Well, you have not been invisible to me."

Plus: The Times also looks at how voters responded to Clinton’s show of emotion. Maureen Dowd writes on the op-ed page, "There was a poignancy about the moment, seeing Hillary crack with exhaustion from decades of yearning to be the principal rather than the plus-one. But there was a whiff of Nixonian self-pi.jpgty about her choking up."

Megan Garber of Columbia Journalism News covers the media reaction:

Clinton’s Emotions didn’t just pervade the news during yesterday’s Political High Holy Day; they dominated it. The AP led its article
about eleventh-hour squabbles between the candidates — headlined
"McCain, Romney Tussle for Vital NH Win" — with this: "Her voice
quavering, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton struggled Monday to avoid a
highly damaging second straight defeat in the Democratic presidential
race." And as TIME’s Mark Halperin pointed out, each of the three major network TV news outlets led — yes, led — their evening news coverage with The Moment.

Which is, frankly, ridiculous. And even more so when compared to the
local news coverage here in New Hampshire, which generally either
downplayed or full-on ignored the "story." The Manchester Union Leader and the Concord Monitor, for example, didn’t cover the incident in their pages. (The Monitor made a brief mention
of it in its blog.) Local TV news here aired a piece about it in its
evening news shows, but the local coverage was much more matter-of-fact
than its national counterparts’.

Focus on Real Family Values: Mothers’ groups are talking to presidential campaigns about family values, reports Alison Bowen at Women’s eNnews. It’s time, says a founder of Moms Rising, to focus on paid sick days for workers, equal pay for women and affordable health care for all.

Christine

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