I just read in U.S.A. Today that 47 percent of people who voted for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries say they have not yet made up their minds to vote for Barack Obama in November. That's a pretty stunning statistic, considering that 1) Hillary has endorsed Obama in the strongest possible terms; and 2) As far as the direction in which they want to lead the country, Clinton and Obama are 99% in agreement. I think it's safe to assume that most of those 47 percent are women, especially in light of another statistic I recently read: Obama and McCain are basically tied right now among women. That's also stunning, because the Democrat usually wins the female vote by a sizable margin. Somehow I don't think this is just about loyalty to Hillary or disappointment that she lost. On some level (and I have discovered this in personal conversations with female friends), a lot of women seem to have a gut-level dislike or distrust of Obama. But I can't figure out why -- to me he seems like the most "regular guy" to have ever seriously run for president, the most thoughtful, the most in touch with the concerns and struggles of ordinary American women. At first I speculated that because Obama is relatively young and energetic, he reminds women of men they've dated or lusted after or had one-night stands with or whatever, and women don't want that in the leader of the free world. They want the president to seem kind of over and beyond sexuality. But that doesn't work, because women loved the two greatest pussyhounds to ever occupy the White House, JFK and Bill Clitnon. Does anyone have any explanation for what is going on?