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Double Standard

Matt Bors
© Matt Bors

After winning Iowa, Hillary Clinton was criticized for shouting too much. Even Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame, said “She shouts. There is something unrelaxed about the way she is communicating.

Are you kidding me?



  1. ThatGuy wrote:

    This is so frustrating. I don’t think it’s a secret here that I prefer Sanders to Clinton, but it’s somewhere between horrifying and hilarious that Clinton gets slammed for being cold and then slammed for being too emotional (remember her 2008 tears). Imagine how great America could be if we just treated one half our population as well as we treat the other half.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:10 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    I want to make sure everyone knows I’m not blaming Sanders for any of this.

    But I am surprised at some of the more vitriolic comments coming from liberals. Some are subtle, like the one from Woodward, but others are blatant and disgusting.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  3. westomoon wrote:

    Actually, this old feminist finds Hillary’s voice abrasive, too — one feels yelled i>at. Elizabeth Warren also raises her voice, but it’s easy to take — kinda like the difference between a cheerleader and Mom, when she uses your middle name to let you know you’re in big trouble this time.

    Of course, I haven’t read the full breadth of comments, so I don’t know about the blatant and disgusting ones. But I remember that Howard Dean was also taken out of his primary by his vocalizations — the famous “scream heard ’round the world.”

    If Hillary should lose to Bernie, it’s long been my fantasy to put her vocal style to good use by making her a Supreme Court Justice. That abrasive honking voice, combined with her determination (which seems to non-fan me to boil down to “I want what I want when I want it!”), might make Clarence Thomas stop thinking of his job as a fat lifetime sinecure and start thinking of it as a life sentence. I love the notion of him waking up every morning and experiencing a chill of despair at the thought of Hillary bearding him in his den…

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  4. Carter Shmeckle wrote:

    “Are you kidding me?”

    I agree. For example, she certainly DOESN’T shout at the Wall Street cronies that fund her.

    Or maybe she does. Pity we can’t see the transcripts of her speeches to them.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Permalink
  5. Wildwood wrote:

    No one can compare to Sarah Palin for annoying, and also, for me, Joe Lieberman. At times I find Clinton’s voice sounds good, other times a little strident. Lately, she’s been sounding very presidential, I think to show a contrast between her and the dog and pony show on the other side.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  6. Bobsyouruncle wrote:

    We’re talking about her voice? What next, are we gonna bitch about how a president can’t wear a pantsuit. Or maybe discuss how her hair is styled. Sigh…

    I’m not saying she is without faults, but politics should be about stances on policy, not who isn’t the white, old man in the room.

    That’s my biggest pet peeve. Voting based on popularity or charisma rather than on substance. Does the candidate actually REPRESENT YOU? That’s what our form of government is about.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  7. ebdoug wrote:

    Bobs your Uncle: I think you don’t understand that if it was Elizabeth Warren, we’d all be happy. It isn’t a sexist thing.

    I love Bernie Sanders, but one of the reasons I support him is hoping he’ll convince Elizabeth Warren to be his VP. Unfortunately they are from the same part of the country.

    I’ve gotten vibes that Warren regrets her decision. She could do it all.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  8. David Freeman wrote:

    Although Westomoon added humor to the suggestion, I seriously agree that Hillary would be an excellent justice on the Supreme Court.
    Ebdoug, I’m a Bernie guy but I’d campaign hard for anybody with Warren on the ticket

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  9. Wildwood wrote:

    I want Warren as president, not VP. I think she does more, doing what she’s doing now, than if she was VP.

    Friday, March 25, 2016 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  10. Michael wrote:

    The good thing about Warren as VP is that the VP normally gets to play the “bad dog” role, attacking the administration’s enemies. She would be amazing in that role.

    Friday, March 25, 2016 at 9:47 am | Permalink