Writes Michelle Cottle in The Daily Beast (erasing Cruz's Hispanicity and Christie's stomach surgery).
Despite the centrality of this image to the GOP, however, precious few of its high-profile players now are apt salesmen for the manly brand....
As for the current team ... Mitt Romney: too much of a doofus. Paul Ryan: ditto, despite the washboard abs. Eric Cantor: too twitchy (manly men do not visibly vibrate with nervous energy). Marco Rubio: too boyish. Jeb Bush: too soft and measured. With his retro Mad Men groove, John Boehner has the potential to be a Don Draper kind of manly man, but he’s too darn weepy.ADDED: I looked up "shit-kicking" in the (unlinkable) Oxford English Dictionary. It means, "In early use: worthless, contemptible. Later: designating or characteristic of an unsophisticated person from a rural area; (also) tough, belligerent; cf."
1953 J. Harvey Salt in our Wounds vi. 87 You low-life..shit-kicking..useless bastard.How does that relate in any way to Cruz?
1972 J. Thomson in J. Malley & H. Tokay Contemporaries 189 A beer drinkin finger poppin shit kickin red neck.
1978 Jrnl. Folklore Inst. 15 264 Shit-kicking villagers wearing whatever it is that villagers actually wear these days.
1987 W. Styron Tidewater Morning in Esquire Aug. 88/2, I, a shit-kicking Carolina yokel who, when I first met you, suspected you of being a neo-abolitionist.
1992 Playboy Nov. 111/1 He told me not to worry, in that shit-kicking drawl of his.
1998 Esquire May 42/1 This woman is one hot, shit-kicking feminist babe.
2002 L. Coady Strange Heaven i. 6 A pack of g.d. shit-kicking yahoos.