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October 16, 2012

Whatever Happened to The Sensitive Man?

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:26 am

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.

uncle joe biden

In the case of a medical or psychiatric emergency please hang up and call 9-11

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.

Obama first presidential debate

Halfway in Bidenland

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.

Elsewhere in the world of post-stoic masculinity, two Democratic Congressional candidates are involved in a brawl and wife-beater Ross Mircarimi is the  “de facto progressive leader” of San Francisco.

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.



  1. There does seem to be a definite “masculinity deficit” in liberal circles.

    Ah, but liberal men are soooo sensitive and in-touch so I guess it evens out.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — October 16, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    • “There does seem to be a definite “masculinity deficit” in liberal circles.” and then they try to overcompensate for it with uncle Joe.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — October 16, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  2. In 2008 Obama won like 56% of woman votes. After Bombastic Joe was such a jerk, the latest polls show Romney and Obama tied with Women. That’s a 12% swing. I think many women saw in Biden tha same kind of jerks they have to deal with in their jobs. Last night, Obama tried to imitate Biden a little and I think it backfired on him.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — October 17, 2012 @ 6:10 am

  3. […] friend, Sitting On the Edge, has a great piece: Whatever Happened to The Sensitive Man? The good news is that he seems poised to dominate in less that 3 Weeks – alpha male style […]

    Pingback by Mitt Romney, Alpha Male « Temple of Mut — October 18, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  4. “Sensitivity” comes from strength and confidence… two things neither Biden nor Obama apparently have as they slip further in the polls.

    Comment by Harrison — October 18, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

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