Winning Over Hillary

Why my dental hygienist is Obama's key to Western Pennsylvania.

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The question is whether Obama can convert enthusiasm into votes on Tuesday.

Which brings me back to Hillary, and the rest of the story. I didn’t challenge Hillary that day. But several months later, when I returned, alas, for more dental work, Hillary said to me in passing, “I think I’m going for Obama.” She was busy that day, and there wasn’t time to ask why she had changed her mind. But the fact she had changed shows that folks can move outside the boxes we tend to place them in.

Now, if Obama only had a little more time to spend with folks like Hillary, and her friends, in their own neighborhoods….

Laurence Glasco is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of History.