It seems that Republicans are growing some guts. For years now, Democrats have been using invective unchallenged by the mainstream media; when Republicans make disparaging remarks, they find themselves under a magnifying glass. Michael Moore and his ilk are allowed the freedom to call President Bush a war profiteer and a traitor -- charges far more serious than that of "girly man" -- and the media cheers. Yet when Ann Coulter states in her book "Treason" that unnamed liberals give aid and comfort to the enemy, she is raked over the coals for it.
The latest case: When Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) questions Vice President Dick Cheney's patriotism by implying that Cheney is willing to spill the blood of American soldiers in order to send some profit Halliburton's way, the media ignores the outrage. But when Cheney responds to Leahy by telling him to "Go f--- yourself," the media goes bonkers.
But the Republicans are now standing tall. While Cheney should have been more temperate in his language, he rightly refused to apologize to the treasonous Leahy, explaining that Leahy "is the kind of individual who will make those kinds of charges and then come act as though he's your best friend, and I expressed in no uncertain terms my views of his conduct and walked away." Cheney told Fox News that he had no regrets about the incident and refused to deny it.
The Democrats should realize that they prove Arnold's case by throwing a hissy fit over his harmless joke. Only a girly man would get into the world of hardball politics and then cry when he gets hit by a pitch. If the Democrats don't like being called "girly men," then they should stop acting like them.