Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Butch Assurance


Mark Shields thinks we need a “manly man” in the White House.

We have a president of real intellectual horse power who is cool, detached and analytical and if anything you can watch the emotional side of him emerge in this whole process. … There’s an emotional aspect, the comforter in chief as well as the commander in chief. Both roles. And I think it makes me nostalgic for those days when we had a manly man in the White House who could say, “Let’s kick some tail and ask questions afterwards” you know? That’s what we really need instead of any reflection.

Yeah, we’ve tried that, and the last time we did we ended up with over 4,000 American soldiers dead and $1 trillion spent to invade a country that never attacked us in the first place.

If Mr. Shields feels the need to reassert his manhood, let him start a bar fight or spend the weekend watching Spike TV.

Upon further reflection: Digby and pygalgia (in comments) assure me that Mr. Shields is being sarcastic (I guess my sarcasm meter was inop this morning at 3:00 a.m. when I saw the clip). But it’s true that there are people who think that America opening a can of whup-ass on every miscreant and tinpot dictator is the way to go. And they’re not kidding.

PS: Think Progress has issued a retraction and apology to Mr. Shields for their misinterpretation of his intentions. The same goes for me.