By Judy Kurtz - 10/05/11 11:38 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain says he knows the reason that Washington, D.C., isn’t quite as “manly” as it used to be.
A recent poll by Combos, the maker of the cheese-filled-pretzel and -cracker snacks, ranked the nation’s capital as the 42nd manliest city, dropping from the No. 9 spot it held last year.
The snack-food company says it judged each city’s manliness using a variety of criteria, including: the number of professional major league sports teams, how many masculine vehicles (which the folks behind the poll say include pickup trucks and motorcycles) are registered, and the number of so-called “manly stores,” including barbecue and chicken-wing joints, as well as shops that sell cowboy apparel.
The city that topped all other places in terms of its manliness? Nashville.
That comes as no surprise to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who said (as he puffed up his chest), “It feels so manly when I’m there.” He was quick to add, “That was a joke, by the way!” But the lawmaker also offered a diplomatic congratulations to the less manly U.S. cities, saying, “I’m very proud of Tennessee and all of the many attributes each city has.”
When Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was alerted to Oklahoma City’s respectable second-place ranking, he immediately pointed to his footwear, exclaiming, “That’s because of cowboy boots!” Coburn went on to proclaim, “Oklahomans are all manly, aren’t they?” When a reporter inquired whether that included female residents, Coburn said with a big laugh, “Even the women.”