How Will Immigrants Vote?

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THE SPINE FEBRUARY 3, 2008

How Will Immigrants Vote?

My old colleague John H. Mollenkopf -- we taught a course together at Harvard on "Power" eons ago (yes, it was a sixties course) -- is director of the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He told the Times that it is difficult to decipher (and, I suppose, therefore to predict) the political leanings of the 30% of the foreign born voters in the city.Most of the new Americans to whom Timesman Manny Fernandez spoke, however, seemed to favor Mrs. Clinton. One of them, from Bangladesh, explained that, as Hernandez cited her, Hillary "is a strong woman who handled the scandal involving her husband and Monica Lewinsky with courage and grace."  Or in her own words: "For her to sit there and be supportive during that time, when she was humiliated in front of the whole world, she must have a spine that's made out of steel, or else it would have cracked under all that pressure."  Of course, there are other ways to read that...But let's leave it alone.Another female immigrant from Cali, Colombia simply explained her voting on Tuesday for Hillary, "Look at Argentina."  This is not a happy analogy, neither for Mrs. Clinton nor for President Kirchner.

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