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  •  Her biggest weakness from my memory of 2008 (2+ / 0-)
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    PatriciaVa, HappyinNM a candidate itself is that her voice doesn't carry well in large venues. That is, she interviews just fine, but when speaking to large crowds in huge auditoriums, her voice tends to get a bit shrill.

    And no, that's not sexist at all; there's plenty of men who have shrill-sounding voices at high volumes (myself included). It doesn't mean a damned thing about her capabilities or skills, but it does dampen her showmanship abilities, which are (sadly) part of the deal when running for office.

    •  Naw, her biggest weakness in 2008 was (3+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap, LordMike, smartdemmg

      that she managed her campaign poorly, with a flotilla of lame overpaid advisers and an early sense of entitlement/fait accompli.  

      Speaking-wise, she was good far more often than not, especially in town hall settings; she was actually (I thought) superior to Obama in her ability to connect with the questioner and speak earnestly and on-point in response.  

      •  I didn't mean the campaign managment... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...I meant her as a person, actually out on the stump. I agree that she did well speaking one-on-one with questioners. I'm talking about the big hall speeches where her voice has to go loud and carry.

        Again, theatrics, not actual policy or operations.

        •  Ah, I see - and agree (1+ / 0-)
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          Many women (and higher-voiced men) have that disadvantage, which can be overcome with practice and coaching.  

          I know a female clergy member who is awesome at this -- she would have had Hillary's problem with voice projection if she hadn't figured out how to solve it.  This minister, she knows how to step closer to the mic and speak even more low, softer and a little slower also, with absolute measured deliberation and a determined gaze in her eyes, when she wants to really drive a point home.  Her audience always listens, rapt attention, even leaning in with their bodies.  

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