In that spirit, Kaus on the VP debate:
Big loser, again, is Hillary. In two years Palin will be so much better she won’t even be in the same league. …
The only plausible explanation I can think of for this “analysis” is that he’s thinking with the wrong head. That’s obviously the case with Rich Lowry:
Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.
As an openly heterosexual male, this sort of thing makes me want to apologize on behalf of my entire gender and orientation. I suspect that that the idea of being consciously sexually attracted to an authority figure is such a mind-blowing experience for these fellows that they just can’t handle it. It was bad enough when they were drooling over Commander Codpiece.