The New York Times' Ryan Lizza notes the the new Congress marks the "another milestone in gender politics: the return of the Alpha Male Democrat.
"The members of this new faction, which helped the Democrats expand into majority status, stand out not for their ideology or racial background but for their carefully cultivated masculinity.
"As much as the policy positions is the background and character of these Democrats," says John Lapp, the former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who helped recruit this new breed of candidate. “So we went to C.I.A. agents, F.B.I. agents, N.F.L. quarterbacks, sheriffs, Iraq war vets. These are red-blooded Americans who are tough.”
Lapp even coined a term to describe these manly — and they are all men — pols: "the Macho Dems."
Posted by Keith Chrostowski