Viewing politicians through the lens of their physical attraction is not limited to women.
John Edwards got it far worse than Sarah Palin.
In November 2000, People magazine named John Edwards as its choice for the "sexiest politician alive." A sampling of news and blog post titles:
- 51 Thoughts on the Apparent Sexiness of John Edwards
- John Edwards, Sexy Beast?
- JOHN EDWARDS IS TOTALLY HOT! (Orlando Weekly)
Would his $400 haircut have made as many waves if he wasn't so attractive? Conservatives ragged him over his looks. A blogger at Michelle Malkin's site wrote, "Edwards, who essentially rose to prominence because of his pretty face and his bouncy hair, has now come full-circle on his Iraq position."
How about President Obama's shirtless picture that topped the news for days? ABC ran with "President Beefcake? D.C. magazine to feature shirtless Obama on cover". Other story leads: "Who would have guessed that President-elect Obama is ripped?" and from the NY Post, "Just call him "Ab"-bama. Buff-bodied President-elect Barack Obama put his chiseled frame on full display..."
Tina Brown today, on the Newsweek cover: [More..]
No one cried sexism when New York magazine took a photo of fallen Gov. Eliot Spitzer and added the word “brain” with an arrow to his crotch. And circa 1994 we were all happy to ogle Bill Clinton in his running shorts and never called out the media’s ethical judgment.
Sympathy for Sarah Palin because of the Newsweek photo? She willingly posed for all those photos in Runner's World. (Here's the set) I have none.
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