As soon as the Biden/Ryan Vice Presidential debates ended, a conservative critic noted that Biden, with his condescending, confrontational tone, was sure to loose women. It’s assumed that women prefer candidates who hold hands and talk about feelings using their inside voices. I’m sure to certain extent it’s true about the female voter, but I, for one, like a feisty debate; I’m just anti-buffoon.
Once upon the culture war it was decided that stoic masculine ideal is flawed. Hippies and their likes proclaimed that it’s good to cry, and it’s desirable of men to be “good listeners”. Second wave feminists championed “sensitive” men in touch with their “female side”. But guess what? Even if modern day liberals assume that we don’t need men to win wars, somebody still has to win them elections.
So when Obama bombed in the first Presidential debate, the Democratic base attributed his poor performance to his unwillingness to attack Mitt Romney. The base was reassured to see Biden’s little grimaces and interruptions in the Vice Presidential debate. Instead of yelling at their TVs, they got to watch an old white man do essentially the same onscreen.
Too bad Biden was the wrong kind of assertive. Instead of projecting moral and intellectual perfection and confident determination, he radiated insecurity and lack of respect for his opponent, who, although much younger, seemed much more learned and composed. There is something wrong with people who admire Biden’s performance.
Many on the left feel that Biden was some sort of an antidote to too passive O, who barely showed up for the first debate. Democrats wish Barackster was “Joe Biden without the smirks”, but the smirks is what the two have in common. Unlike his veep, O wouldn’t interrupt his opponent or the moderator because his typical white grandmother instilled good manners in him (all right, maybe it wasn’t his grandmother, maybe it was his Indonesian missionary school or his elite Hawaiian high school), but watching him on TV I got the sense that were he not on TV, he’d explode — or at least walk out.
After the first Obama Romney debate, Roger Simon observed that we saw an abandoned son unable to confront a good father. Rush Limbaugh continued with the fathers and sons theme following the veep debate:
Paul Ryan was a son who was a little embarrassed for his father… trying to tell his dad that the world has passed him by [...]
Embarrassing fathers, abandoned sons … it’s as if there is a Democratic party masculinity void. The faithful got rid of the stoic ideal, and failed to come up with anything to replace it.
Rosanne Barr thinks that women who have sex will vote for Biden (sorry for putting this one in your brain), even though women who have more sex, i.e. married women, lean Republican. Forget about sex. According to Gallup, all American women are now turning to the GOP. Neither the top nor the bottom of the democratic ticket looks like what we seek in men.