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  •  It's not about being animal... (none)
    ...But when people get worked up, they become more animal and express themselves more childishly.

    Calling somebody a pussy or a twat out of some childish need to throw insults is crude and disgusting.  

    However, there was a similar thread about something like this very recently.  There is a more subtle point involved here, and it does have o do with Rove's choice of macho framing for Bush in 2004.  It was a magnificent performance, when you are aware of it and look at it, the way everything tied together and came back to a singular message: Bush is a REAL man and that's what you need to protect you from those nasty Arabs.

    That message worked.  Now, if we wanted to be like Rove, we would try to frame our candidate in 2008 as "the manly" candidate.  We could have him pose in flight suits with socks in his shorts and have him walk like a gun fighter and talk with a twang  and all of that, too.

    But it seems to me that it's even easier to jyst punch a hole through such macho posturing.  Bush should have and would have been vulnerable to a frontal attack on his manhood.  

    And that is where seemingly childish epithets like "pussy" come in.  There are slyer ways of doing the same thing without using words like that, but the idea of emasculation has to remain central.  

    •  Al Franken did just that on his 2003 tour (none)

      But it seems to me that it's even easier to jyst punch a hole through such macho posturing.

          by making fun on Bush in his flight suit.

        (I even have a pic of Al grabbing his crotch
      during the above-mentioned satirization :))

                                        SR

                                     

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