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  •  was thinking the same thing (none)
    i can't recall a finer looking candidate, male or female.
    •  c'mon people (none)
      ...get a life. Let's at least pretend we're grownups.

      Put your money where your mouth is: Give $100 to the Democratic presidential nominee (whoever that may be.)

      by aleand on Mon Feb 23, 2004 at 05:26:58 PM PST

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      •  I'm alive! (none)
        actually looking at SH's photo reminded me that I'm alive.  We're men and we like women, plain and simple.  I'm sure she's quite bright, a strong leader and all the other imporatant qualities we need in gov't.  I'm also pleased she's a cutie!
      •  i (3.50)
        have a life, thanks. in the polisci literature, for what its worth, its been shown that the physical attractiveness of a candidate can be a factor (just like incumbency - the obvious one-, and celebrity - think arnold-, and previous office etc etc etc). and of course in the other social sciences (psych, soc, econ) there is no shortage of evidence on the advantages the physical attractive enjoy.

        i'm a grownup, and i'm not pretending anything. you want to win elections? she is attractive, it is an advantage, and in this close race every advantage matters.

        •  Dang straight! (none)
          What mbc said, to umpteenth degree.

          Attractiveness matters, a lot. In some ways, it's all that matters, it is everything. Yes, it's shallow. It's stupid. And, I hope most of us know beauty is an amoral quality in people. It is, truthfully, neither good nor bad.

          But in a campaign, you can't buy that shit. You're either an attractive person, or you're not. And in politics, most times, it seems the candidate is usually ugly. Beautiful people usually have better things to do with their time than run for office.

          You don't think attractiveness helps out? Look at Arnold in California. Look at JFK. Heck, read this thread. People are saying things like, "looking at SH's photo reminded me that I'm alive." All that, from a single photo of a pretty face. Multiply that out across a population of voters!

          Thank goodness she's on our side.

          •  more (none)
            Look at the ads Romney ran in the last MA governor's race.  They directly compared his (substantially less cute than Herseth) female opponent to a dog.  The ostensible reason for the comparison was that as state treasurer she had failed to be an adequate watchdog for funds, but the implication was pretty clear.

            And Herseth is perfect, because she's pretty enough to be really appealing to a lot of people, but not the kind of pretty that irritates other women.

      •  it's a valid observation (none)
        sure most of the replies about her attractiveness have been stated with caveman like sentimentality, nonetheless, physical appearance matters. I don't necessarily agree with the importance that the american electorate places on physical attributes of their candidates but it is there. A few examples: Kennedy won in part because he was young and attractive while Nixon looked like a creepy old man (he was sick and had no make-up on. His public relations failure was not of his doing, the first sign that television was going to be detrimental to the political sphere). The American public equates physical attractiveness with other positive characteristics such as trustworthyness. This is illogical, yes, but true. There have been numerous examples to show that shorter male candidates do fare worse than their taller counterparts. Height is equated with a candidate's ability to perform their job. This is completely illogical but time after time, the american public chooses their candidates in part through socially constructed matrix of desirable physical characteristics. In that context, it would be in the interest of any candidate to use whatever advantages they have to secure their election. And in the case of this candidate, her youthful good looks added to her CV, makes one formidable candidate.
      •  I have a vague sense (none)
        that I'm older than you are, aleand.

        And I can assure you that adults substantially older than I am still Notice and Appreciate an attractive appearance.

        We're past the point where that's enough.  But that doesn't mean that it's of no consequence.

        I appreciate Herseth for herse'f, but I do't mind looking, if you don't mind

        (ogre: charter member of adults for tasteful leering)

        In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. -- Thomas Jefferson

        by ogre on Mon Feb 23, 2004 at 06:21:15 PM PST

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      •  I'm not a grownup... (none)
        So I can say that Steph is hot, can't I?  Damn.  And she's a Democrat!  Wow.  

        Why is it that there are so few women in Congress?  Reading this thread you'd think that men would be lining up to vote for hot female candidates.

        Ex-Deaniac for Edwards: At least he isn't Kerry!

        by teenagedallasdeaniac on Mon Feb 23, 2004 at 08:43:20 PM PST

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    •  Finer looking candidate (none)
      You are clearly forgetting MD Senator Barbara Mikulski.  What a looker!

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