Sunday, September 05, 2004

(Sigh) NYT "Wonders How Kerry Became A Girlie Man"

This is Frank Rich's contribution to the debate swirling around us. I promised, "no armchair analysis," for its temptations are great, and the risks keen, and I cannot hold forth with authority about someone I've never met. Alas, Frank Rich feels no such contraints, and for all I know, he has met these guys. He believes that our candidates are playing, "Who is more macho?" and that Bush is (for now) winning, by nefarious means. Did someone out there know that I would begin my blogging career today? Am I supposed to roll up my sleeves, and get to work? Is every contest between powerful males inevitably a macho slugfest, with primitive, libidinous, murderous undertones, and is the weaker opponent always an emasculated, pitiable loser? Now hear this: there is no earthly evidence that anyone, anywhere, thinks Kerry is a girlie man; it is just a catchy headline that guarantees that people will scan the story to the end, looking for titillating gossip. And yes, they will find it.....along with talk about "castration warfare" and Dukakis dressing like "Snoopy" to ride a tank.......I can't wait to see what dear Wonkette has to say about this. In fact, I think I will go find out. Honestly, the blogging community has been all over these issues for months, and they have handled it with far less silliness than our Frank....

5 Comments:

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2:31 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

Was that my post? I think this is what I said, LOL.

I think you are correct about the macho aspect of politics, but maybe all striving or competition, whether in business, sports, or politics is exactly that. It’s a metaphor or a rather fragile overlay that masks the essential struggle of life versus death inherent in all human endeavor. I’m thinking about this because I just saw Open Water--I have a degree in critical studies and have read lots of psychoanalytical theory—and it’s a fabulous film. It strips down the metaphor to the essential struggle that is at the heart of life and of the violent and beautiful natural world.

Why do we keep struggling against an inevitable end? Now, there’s a true mystery.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Sorry, I for one do in fact see John Kerry as a girlie man, and have for some time.

It's the hands.

And the salute. (Google up a couple of images of John Kerry saluting and Tommy Franks saluting and you'll see what I mean. YUCK!)

And, uh, the windsurfing-kiteboarding-eight-thousand-dollar-bike-riding.

And so much more!

Great to see your blog!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting concept for a blog, but don't get too carried away. Most people that are head jobs just need a place to stand. I personally enjoy being nuts:-)

These commentaries about male competition are,, however, such predictable rubbish. Kerry is the kind of guy who gets tangled up with a secret service guy while skiing, curses him out, declares "I never fall down while glowering", and proceeds to fall down three times thereafter. Trust me, his problem isn't testosterone, it's manliness, which is a separate issue (and you don't even need gonads) If he'd come up laughing and offered his hand, and done the same in different circumstances, the fight would still be tough, but most guys would respect him as a man, win or lose.
Lincoln once said "Most men can endure [hardship]. If you want to know what a man is made of, give him power."

Lurch and the Catsup Queen?

Not a chance.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(revision)

Interesting concept for a blog, but don't get too carried away. Most people that are suposedly unstable just need a place to stand. I personally enjoy being nuts:-)

These commentaries about male competition are, however, such predictable rubbish. Kerry is the kind of guy who gets tangled up with a secret service guy while skiing, curses him out, declares "I never fall down" while glowering, and proceeds to fall down three times thereafter. Trust me, his problem isn't testosterone, it's manliness, which is a separate issue (and you don't even need gonads) If he'd come up laughing and offered his hand, and done the same in twenty different circumstances, the fight would still be tough, but most guys would respect him as a man, win or lose.
Lincoln once said "Most men can endure [hardship]. If you want to know what a man is made of, give him power."

Lurch and the Catsup Queen?

Not a chance.

6:34 AM  

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