A reader writes:

You can see the blatant sexism and misogyny in so much of the Hillary hating out there, can't you? Since you never distance yourself from the anti-Hillary extremists, I often find myself unkindly reading your anti-Hillary posts and saying to myself, "Jesus! This guy has issues with women."

I can't prove a negative. But I can say that I think I've treated Clinton as toughly as I did her husband, and no one accused me of being androphobic. There are many, many women I admire in public life, among them Condi Rice, Angela Merkel, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Harman, and Oprah Winfrey. I became fascinated by politics because of one woman, Margaret Thatcher, whom I eagerly supported in every election she ran in. I have no problem with women in power. It's this woman I have problems with: she is, I believe, a cynical, calculating, untrustworthy shell. And when I've written similar things about Romney, I don't get accused of being anti-Mormon. I'm sure there's some sexism and misogyny out there around Clinton. I don't like it; and I reject the notion that I've promoted it.

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