“Why are there so many wimpy male journalists?” asked Sheila Karina Rollins of the American Enterprise Institute at her recent seminar on the comeback of the manly man.
“Because they’re liberals,” replied columnist Mona Charen.
“It goes back to how these journalists spent their high school years, which I assume was being stuffed into lockers by other males,” added Kate O’Beirne, National Review‘s Washington editor. “This also explains the whole media love affair with John McCain. He created a fighter pilot ready room in the back of his bus and told off-color jokes and brought these former high-school nerds into the circle of the cool guy. They were so thrilled that one of the jocks was finally paying attention to them that they just swooned.”
How to define virility? Even these right-wingers gave Monica’s ex-boyfriend some props. “Bill Clinton was virile—in a very sleazy way,” said Erica Walter, described by the AEI as an “at-home mom and Catholic writer.” “There’s also the sex appeal of someone like Don Rumsfeld. President Bush possesses this intangible something—you really saw it on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Testosterone and camaraderie—many people responded to it. In George W. Bush, people see a contained, channeled virility.”
Additional reporting: Phoebe St John