Nauseating is the only word to describe the panel of women Christiane Amanpour assembled on her talk show last Sunday to “analyze” why guys like Anthony Weiner do the dumb stuff they do.

Jay Carney’s wife Claire Shipman, former Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke, and Sarkozy’s ex-wife did some deep thinking and brought forth this oldie but goody: testosterone poisoning. Or: The world would be so much better if only women ran the place.

It's the Testosterone, Stupid!

I’m not a big fan of Rush Limbaugh, but I suspect his explanation is as good as any other:

…“Here’s the thing – I wonder why is it that Anthony Weiner turns out to be the kind of guy he is?” Limbaugh said. “If we’re going to bring this stuff up folks – let’s talk about it. Let’s bring it up. Who, what kind of women has Anthony Weiner been around his whole life? He has been around a bunch of these kinds of women that have been attacking testosterone, who have been attacking traditional male roles. He has been around women who the idea of a real guy is some metro-sexual. Is it any wonder ladies and gentlemen – I wonder if it occurs to Claire Shipman or Torie Clarke that Weiner did what he did because he’s been surrounded with women like them for his whole adult life?”…

“How do these men turn out that way?” Limbaugh said. “Who makes them that way? Because that is not their natural state. I mean look at what happened to Weiner. We cannot blame what happened to Weiner on testosterone. We’re looking at a guy here who is kitty-whipped. If you want to get down to brass tacks on this, we’re looking at somebody who has been hanging around this kind of woman and he’s doing anything he can to break out. He’s doing anything he can to break out. He’s doing everything he can to step out and get away from their control. This is Anthony Weiner being a guy. He’s not allowed to be a guy hanging out with a bunch of liberal women. “

And Victor Davis Hanson, writing from Europe, tries to explain the inexplicable:

…It is wise to navigate through the news and elite wisdom through two landmarks: anything that Barack Obama says will be airbrushed, improved, or modified to fit facts post facto; anything Sarah Palin says or does will be contextualized in Neanderthal terms. Teams of Post and Times volunteers now sort through Sarah Palin’s email; not a reporter in the world is curious about what Barack Obama once said about Rashid Khalidi [the Palestinian professor at whose farewell party from the University of Chicago Obama spoke and the tape of which the Los Angeles Times refuses to make public] or the Columbia University GPA that won him entrance to Harvard Law School. Accept that asymmetry and almost everything not only makes sense about these two cultural guideposts, but can, by extension, explain the 1860-like division in American itself…

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