Huffington Post: The Risk Factor – by Bill Schneider

Huffington Post – Hillary Clinton’s choice of Tim Kaine as her running mate is being described as “safe.’’ Safe is not exciting. But it offers a powerful contrast with Donald Trump. Trump is high risk. “A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world,’’ the Washington Post declared in a scathing editorial. Risk is a longstanding issue in American politics. It explains one of its enduring features: the gender gap.Women, on the average, are more risk-averse than men. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, fewer than 7 percent of prison inmates are women. Crime always entails risk, and women tend to be more cautious — and smarter — about risk-taking than men are.Why does that lead women to support Democrats? Because Democrats are committed to protecting the safety net. Republicans appeal to men who are drawn to risk-taking and competition. Sports and business are stereotypically men’s worlds.Click here to read the full article.