AJR  Cliché Corner
From AJR,   December 1996

Cliché corner   

By Suzan Revah
Suzan Revah is a former AJR associate editor.     

Get those angry white males outta here!
There's no doubt who were the
dominant figures in this year's election...

"Soccer moms are the rage, having supplanted the angry white male as the trophy voter in American politics... The first thing to know about soccer moms is that rarely if ever do they apply the term to themselves." ( Los Angeles Times )

"This election, apparently, is all about which of the nation's two most eligible white male leaders is most adept at feeling the pain and easing the burden of the Soccer Mom." ( Sarasota Herald-Tribune )

"Day after day, hour after hour, I talk to these women who are voting for Clinton and, believe me, calling them 'soccer moms' is way too charitable. Bimbos for Bill is more like it." ( Boston Herald )

"Dole is not going to win any votes from soccer moms by calling Bill Clinton 'Bozo.' " ( San Francisco Examiner )

"And soccer moms vote faithfully perhaps, as one of them theorized, because polling places are in elementary schools, and if you don't show up, word could get out." ( Boston Herald )

"Mr. Dole is driving away middle-class suburban women, turning 'soccer moms' into Clinton Republicans." ( New York Times )

"Watching the presidential candidates trip over themselves to woo soccer moms, watching these men weep, emote and confide at the drop of a hankie, I can't call it progress." ( New York Times )

"The stereotypical soccer mom...is a well-heeled super-parent whose primary mission in life is to do too much for her children." ( Rock Hill, South Carolina's Herald )

from 545 references during September and October