July 19, 2007

STATISM IS JUST A FUNCTION OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE (via Glenn Dryfoos):

Who's Your Daddy? (Michelle Cottle, 07.18.07, New Republic)

To watch Thompson work a crowd like this is to glimpse the primordial roots of the Fred Fever currently gripping the GOP. Part of the appeal is obvious: A well-known actor, Thompson carries with him an inherent star quality that cannot be overestimated in our celebrity-obsessed culture. Moreover, after years of portraying a particular type of folksy authority figure, Thompson gives voters the sense that they already know who he is and what sort of leader he would be. Conversely, as a still relatively unknown political commodity, the candidate has a touch of the blank-slate phenomenon working for him, allowing savior-hungry Republicans to project onto him whichever personal and ideological traits they most desire. Underlying all of this, however, is an even more primal allure: In any given situation, Fred Thompson fundamentally seems like more of a man than anyone else around him.

If there's one thing conservatives are obsessed with these days, it's manliness.


How can someone be employed as a political analyst if they don't grasp the truism that conservatism is male and liberalism female?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 19, 2007 8:18 PM
Comments

I've always wondered about the self-image of male liberals. It just seems like the cognitive dissonance would be intolerable. I suppose most take solace in pretending they are the noble underdog fighting the almost overwhelming power of the white males who aren't like them...

Anecdotally, it seems that every liberal guy I know feels compelled to act uber-macho when the ladies aren't around...

Posted by: Benny at July 19, 2007 9:18 PM

Truism only in the minds of males.

Posted by: erp at July 20, 2007 12:32 PM
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