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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ego Boosting: Or Taking the Roundabout Path to an Observation

Yes, it’s juvenile, but it’s still nice to know that there are women out there who think conservative men are hot.  To be fair, Ms. Stuart doesn’t include me on the list, but if Stacey McCain’s speedo shot made it, then I figure I’ve got a fighting chance simply by virtue of being fully clothed.

Suzanna Logan hits nail squarely on the head in her analysis of what makes many conservative women attractive, but those traits are hardly reserved for conservatives.  I’ve met (and have as my closest friends) some phenomenally intelligent and articulate women who are quite liberal, though they are not officially members of either political party.

Still, Ms. Logan is spot-on about independent thought and intelligence being key components of a person’s attractiveness, and this is precisely why I find women like Meghan McCain to be more attractive than Ann Coulter.  Sure, Coulter’s delivery is more polished and her positions tend to be more nuanced, but Coulter’s penchant for provocative phraseology is predicated on preaching to the choir while McCain’s delivery is clearly much more welcoming and unoffensive.  It is one thing to tell the truth as you see it and do so unflinchingly (as I believe that both Coulter and McCain do), but it is quite another to deliberately phrase one’s positions in the most inflammatory of manners and expect to win people over as Coulter apparently does.  Harsh phrasing is a great way to achieve notariety, but McCain’s gentler language does far more to legitimize the conservative position in the minds of liberals than Coulter’s barbs.  It is primarily in this regard that McCain displays true independent thought as Coulter clings firmly to the tradition of producing tracts that have no appeal outside of the conservative echo chamber.

One of the most influential books in my life contains the following advice, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Those conservatives who are truly independent thinkers would do well to take such advice to heart.

posted by Zenmervolt at 10:01  

4 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the link. Enjoyed reading your thoughts. I agree completely with your take on Coulter. Bleh.

    But I have to take umbrage with this:

    “McCain’s gentler language does far more to legitimize the conservative position in the minds of liberals than Coulter’s barbs.”

    Her language has been far from gentle towards the conservative position. She has yet to stand for any true conservative principles. She has thus far only derided them and expressed them as the creepy, outdated positions of a bunch of old, white guys (uh, like her father?). She has no conservative credibility at all and has really done her best to separate herself from the conservative core by insisting there needs to be a move towards “new, progressive Republicans,” which is another name for RINOs.

    In my mind Megan McCain is no less admirable than Ann Coulter, but for different reasons. She isn’t legitimizing the conservative position in liberal’s minds she’s legitimizing the liberal position in their minds.

    Comment by S.Logan — Thursday, 30 April, 2009 @ 13:35

  2. As someone who is probably considered to be a RINO himself, the term doesn’t bother me terribly, but I do understand the frustration that many Republicans have at seeing their party unravel.

    While I agree with the classical conservative principles of small government and low taxes I have a difficult time believing that the “conservative core” still has legitimacy at all. This is the same core, after all, that seems content to continue to press against homosexual marriage, and to be represented by people like Coulter, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly. It doesn’t take a genius to understand why McCain is working to separate herself from those people.

    While I agree that McCain has taken some very strong positions against social conservatism, she has voiced strong support for such traditionally “conservative” values as a strong national defense and minimalist government. There seems to be a “stuckness” (to borrow from Robert Pirsig) in the Republican party right now insofar as they appear unable or unwilling to admit that it’s possible to be conservative without being socially conservative (some might say socially repressive) and I like to hope that McCain, if she is not simply dismissed out of hand by Republicans, can help the party realise this.

    Comment by Zenmervolt — Thursday, 30 April, 2009 @ 14:50

  3. You might make the list. I’ll need to see the picture. If it warrants, there’s always room for an update.

    Comment by HotMES — Thursday, 30 April, 2009 @ 14:59

  4. Ask and ye shall receive: http://www.flickr.com/photos/picvolt/3295727333/

    Trust me though, the bike is the best looking thing in that picture.

    Comment by Zenmervolt — Thursday, 30 April, 2009 @ 17:29

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