Who knew that lawyer Steven Eggleston’s refusal to ‘man up’ at manhood weekend retreat would be so in tune with all the recent manning up taunting this political season? The pundits and bloggers are all a-Twitter over candidates playing man-upsmanship.
Of course calling out opponents for being wimps is nothing new. Nothing in politics ever is. For example, wasn’t it just 6 years ago when California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told the Republican National Convention, “To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don’t be economic girlie men!” Arnold got in trouble over that remark with the metrosexual wing at the California statehouse.
Man up Harry Reid.
The most recent gonadal gibe was this past Thursday when at their one and only debate, Tea Party loose-cannon Sharron Angle told 70-year old Nevada Senator Harry Reid “Man up, Harry Reid. You need to understand that we have a problem with social security.” Maybe she was trying to fire up the inarticulate old partisan extremist. He did seem half-asleep.
According to pollsters, that race is pretty much a toss-up. I’m sure glad I no longer vote in Nevada since choosing between those two is like having to choose between a root canal or a prostate biopsy. The only difference in pain is the size of the instrument and the orifice.
The go-to gibe.
He’s right given the following virility put-downs.
Missouri’s Robin Carnahan told her opponent Roy Blount, “So I think if you want to repeal health care reform and let insurance companies go back to their worst abuses, Congressman, then you ought to repeal your own first. And man up. And do what you’re asking other people to do.”
In Florida, Democratic candidate for Senate, Representative Kendrick B. Meek said of Charlie Crist, “He needs to man up and leader up and run his own race.”
Mark Barie told New York Democratic Representative Bill Owens, “It’s time for Bill Owens to man-up and tell Madam Speaker that HE is the Congressman from N.Y. and not her.”