But there has been a hard core of realism to her recognition of a new opening for women.
Except … out in the “Red States” where a hard core of true believers are living in angry “Tea-Party Denial.”
And the hard core of war supporters tended to be Republicans, not members of the opposition party.
Essential and uncompromising; unmitigated: a hard-core Republican/ hard-core pornography (1951+)noun
Pornography that openly depicts complete sex acts: He sort of likes dirty stuff, but not real hard core (1970s+)