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The Republicans' War On Self-Esteem
The Republican Party is in danger of becoming a man cave of cavemen and the women who can abide them.
The House speaker, John Boehner, has gone so far as to have sensitivity training for Republican members because, as he put it, “some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be.”
And the masculinity shaming has not been confined to Republican men. Some Republican women have been equal-opportunity offenders.
At the height of the anthrax scare in 2001, Ann Coulter wrote a piece for the conservative site Townhall titled “The Eunuchs Are Whining,” in which she referenced liberals as “mincing pantywaists” and proclaimed that “women — and I don’t mean to limit that to the biological sense — always become hysterical at the first sign of trouble.”
This last-bastion-of-bare-chestedness is a politically ill-fated one in a country quickly evolving to value all of its citizens equally.
We can tell how fast America is evolving by the fact that nobody will bother watching that tackle football game scheduled for today. Whoever heard of Richard Sherman? And notice how athletes and movie stars are much slimmer and less brawny today than they were back in the primitive macho 1950s when muscleheads like Jimmy Stewart ruled the screen.
Anyway, here's the most Recommended comment to this column, the one that gets to the heart of what's motivating Charles Blow's readers:
Democrats need to drive home the fact, and it is a fact, that Republicans have been waging a war on the self-esteem of a growing number of segments of the US population
Here's my graph of who voted for Obama and who voted for Romney based on Reuters-Ipsos' panel of over 40,000 voters: