Megyn Kelly, the stern pizazz

Blond, slender, smiling, young. And woman. Megyn Kelly could easily be boxed into the barbie-girl-playing-journalists category. Her rich, full-bodied voice, however, and the way she uses it, set her as an authoritative figure. She’s inquisitive – as journalists need to be – and opinionated, and she doesn’t eschew confrontation – as noted by Jim Ruthenberg in the New York Times feature article he wrote about her. She’s assertive and … More Megyn Kelly, the stern pizazz

Donald J. Trump, reckless defiance

Everybody should fear Donald J. Trump. Not only the GOP candidates, as Paul Waldman wrote Wednesday. And for more than the seven reasons Matt Latimer listed last month. What makes of him a seriously frightening candidate is inside him: it’s the self-made-man-unrestrained-ease he oozes at the lectern. Since he has nothing to loose, he acts, as Andrew Ginsburg noted Monday, as … More Donald J. Trump, reckless defiance

Jon Stewart, speechlessly genuine

In Jon Stewart’s speech I hear six empty cups of coffee by noon, and maybe some cigarettes. I hear a good-natured choleric, this guy who’s enraged, delighted or appalled by things; the one who passionately engages in red-face, hoarse-voice arguments with his dearest friends over shining meat and balloon glasses of red wine. He shouts, groans, shrieks. Growls. Contorts his face, stands up, leans forward, falls to the floor. … More Jon Stewart, speechlessly genuine

Jeb Bush: unaffected sense of super-power

Jeb Bush is in. It was obvious but not official until last Monday, in Miami Dade College, when he addressed a welcoming crowd who ravishedly celebrated his messages. And the candidate was ravished. “Wow!,” he said. Naiveté Mr. Bush made important announcements; he dwelt on the promise of his presidency and campaigning style; he rejected the “progressive agenda … More Jeb Bush: unaffected sense of super-power

Bernie Sanders, a gleaming idealist

Bernie Sanders was happily rallied around by a crowd of devoted supporters when he announced his run last Tuesday. His messages resonate with many left-leaning Americans who are angry with the Clintons and afraid of the Republicans. Mr. Sanders announced his run last Tuesday, May 26, in Burlington, Vermont. Passion Mr. Sanders speaks his heart out – his larynx out. He … More Bernie Sanders, a gleaming idealist

Rand Paul, the natural challenger

Some speakers are more transparent than others, in terms of how their voices uncover some traits of their personality. Rand Paul’s voice seems to be a clear reflection of his personality, character, and leadership style. In his case, the traits his vocal behavior casts are all in the sphere of the type A personality: goal-oriented, born leader, strong-willed, competitive, and courageous. Senator … More Rand Paul, the natural challenger