Emasculation Politics: What's Wrong With 'Manning Up'?

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"Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have," she said. "If our own president will not enforce our federal law, more power to Jan Brewer," said Palin on Fox News.

"The language matters," said Michael Maslansky, author of "The Language of Trust." "If Jerry Brown had said Whitman sells out her principles to the highest bidder, there would have been no controversy. If Angle had been more colorful in emasculating Reid, there might have been a controversy. "

Man to Man Combat on Campaign Trail

He used the earmuffs test to make his case.

"Put it this way: how would you feel if you had young children and they heard both of these statements? Chances are you would cover their ears for the first one and be able to explain the meaning of the second one"

It doesn't have to be a female candidate questioning a male opponent's manhood. Republican Carl Paladino, running an outsider bid for Governor in New York, tried to goad Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo into debating.

"Andrew has to address the people, and it's time he got a set of cojones to be able to do that," said Paladino.

And Republican Rand Paul told Democrat Jack Conway in the Kentucky senate debate to "step up and be a man, take a chance, say you're for something."

Beyond the theatrics of calling out Reid, Democratic strategist Anthony Coley said voters are smart enough to see through the one liner.

"Voters are intelligent and even the catchiest phrases won't cover up the facts," he said of the debate Thursday night between Reid and Angle.

"Angle still wants to privatize Social Security and she never directly answered the question on if insurance companies should ever be mandated to cover anything or anyone."

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