Leiter’s less than insightful remarks on Clinton: She is the weakest contender, presumably in part because:
Hillary Clinton suffers from being a Clinton, as well as having one of the most unappealing public personae of a national politician in recent memory. Dick Cheney is creepier and scarier, to be sure, but “fake” is the only word that captures the impression Ms. Clinton makes every time she opens her mouth.
I’m always fascinated by the natural ability some have to assume their own reactions are fairly universally shared. What’s more depressing is that his observation seems in no way tempered by the slightest realization that there are contradictory pressures on her that may have led to what he could have seen as an overly controlled persona. Many of us thus work in a profession so thoroughly sexist that many of the power-holders have not acquired any habit of self-critical monitoring of their own negative reactions to women. Equally, they seem untouched by the knowledge that might inform their self-monitoring,
Or do I exaggerate?
And note that, as Jender and I have both said, it isn’t that either of us wants to promote Clinton as the very best candidate; rather, our concern is with the sexism that her candidacy is revealing.