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.
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