Monday, October 16, 2006

The Politics of Beauty

There's an old saying the politics is Hollywood for ugly people. If that were the case, I'd be the Leonardo DiCaprio of Wisconsin Politics.

This Washington Post Story is a prime reason why you'll never see Dennis York for Congress:

...Attractive politicians have an edge over not-so-attractive ones. The phenomenon is resonating especially this year. By a combination of luck and design, Democrats seem to be fielding an uncommonly high number of uncommonly good-looking candidates.

The beauty gap between the parties, some on Capitol Hill muse, could even be a factor in who controls Congress after Election Day.

Democratic operatives do not publicly say that they went out of their way this year to recruit candidates with a high hotness quotient. Privately, however, they acknowledge that, as they focused on finding the most dynamic politicians to challenge vulnerable Republicans, it did not escape their notice that some of the most attractive prospects were indeed often quite attractive.

Of course, one of the "hot" candidates that they mention is U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford of Tennessee, who kind of looks like a martian - so they may be conconcting a "trend" that isn't necessarily there. I guess "hot" in politics applies to anyone that doesn't resemble a sleestak.