Harry Reid's "Shrill" Attack
10:50 AM, Sep 4, 2008 • By SAMANTHA SAULT
Sarah Palin slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last night, and his press secretary http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/04/palin-attacks-shrill-and... target=_blank>responded by calling her speech "shrill and sarcastic."
The term "shrill" is a word we've heard used to describe female candidates before. During Hillary Clinton's campaign, http://mediamatters.org/items/200602140012 target=_blank>pundits everywhere called her "shrill," which united and http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/what_do_women_voters_want/ target=_blank>angered http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/08/opinion/08steinem.html?_r=2&oref=slogi... target=_blank>women across the spectrum. Margaret Thatcher was likewise criticized for her "shrill English nationalism," as one Herald writer http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/featuresopinon/display.var.2432870.0... target=_blank>put it. Now add Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the list. As Amanda Fortini http://nymag.com/news/features/46011/ target=_blank>wrote in New York Magazine in April, "shrill" is a "criticism that is only ever made of a woman."
If the McCain campaign wants to reach out to disaffected Hillary supporters and undecided women, it seems to me that they should play up Harry Reid's attack on Palin.