Should Obama Watch Out for Emily?

As Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton begins a push for support from women voters, it is worth asking if one of her major feminist allies, the Washington PAC Emily’s List, plans to take off the gloves against Clinton’s chief Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama.

During the 2006 campaign, Emily’s List came under criticism from some liberal quarters for backing centrist female candidates, while mounting attacks against their Democratic male opponents, no matter how progressive and feminist. The issue was particularly accute in Tennessee’s ninth district Democratic congressional primary, where arch-liberal Steve Cohen faced off against Nikki Tinker. Emily’s List backed Tinker and hit hard against Cohen, who triumphed in the primary nonetheless and went on to win the seat.

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