Everyone in the multiverse (and my thanks to each and every one of you!) (for real!) (I love news tips!) has emailed me about notorious shitlord Bob Woodward's comments on Hillary Clinton's voice:
Journalist Bob Woodward lobbed a thinly veiled attack at Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton Wednesday, saying that the former secretary of state "shouts" too much on the campaign trail.I don't even know what I could say that I haven't already said eleventy-seven times before.
When asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" why he felt Clinton, who eked out a razor-thin victory over Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, is currently being crushed by the Vermont senator in New Hampshire polls, Woodward said: "I think a lot of it with Hillary Clinton has to do with style and delivery."
"She shouts," he added. "There is something unrelaxed about the way she is communicating."
...Woodward did not, in the interview, criticize Sanders, who frequently shouts at campaign rallies, for his approach on the trail.
Sean Hannity just described Clinton's Iowa victory speech as "angry, bitter, screaming," asking "What is likable about that?"
For years, her laugh has been referred to as a "cackle," often with some villainous descriptor, like, as but one recent example, "her hideous cackle is murderous."
During the 2008 election, Pat Buchanan, also on Morning Joe, said: "When she raises her voice, and when a lot of women do, it reaches a point where every husband in America has heard it one time or another."
And if she isn't talking, even her expressions come up for criticism: Also in 2008, again on Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle said: "When she reacts the way she reacts to Obama with just the look, the look toward him, looking like everyone's first wife standing outside a probate court, okay? Looking at him that way, all I could think of was this fall—if it's McCain that she's facing, McCain is likable. She's not."
I could go on and on (and on and on and on and on forever), but you get the point. This is but one brick in the brick wall of misogyny through which Clinton is obliged to break. Through which every woman is obliged to break.
For the record: This is why it matters when Bernie Sanders says things like "As a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton, that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want," and then accuses her of "taking words and misapplying them" when she calls that shit out: "I'm not shouting. It's just when women talk, some people think we're shouting."