I don’t look at Twitter much, but I saw this last Friday:
I immediately recognized and appreciated the sentiment. Damn few of us women-folk haven’t been told to lower our voices, calm down and stop being so emotional if we color outside the acceptable lines of female assertiveness.
But now William Saletan, Slate’s leading concern troll,* informs us that Hillary is smearing Bernie Sanders with that quote:
Clinton doesn’t use Sanders’ name when she tells this story. She doesn’t have to: Everyone who saw the debate or heard about it knows she’s talking about him. She’s using the story to bond with women, to paint Sanders as a patronizing old fart, and to portray herself as a victim….
Clinton is trying to connect with women who have felt bullied by men, and to turn them against Sanders, by smearing him.
I’m sure Clinton is trying to connect with women who have felt bullied by men, which is probably 99% of us. But I saw the debate, and it didn’t occur to me that HRC was smearing Sanders with that quote. If she’s counting on oblique references that require the hearer to remember precise language from earlier events to smear Sanders, it seems like a remarkably inefficient approach.
What do you think: Is Hillary trying to Benghazi Bernie? Or is Saletan full of crap?
*Read anything he’s ever written on abortion if you think that’s harsh.