26 September 2010

Sexuality and the idiotization of politics

Christine O'Donnell has been getting sustained attention since she won the Republican nomination for Senate in Delaware. In part, of course, that's because of sane people's astonishment that a person with such a dubious background and such a history of making ludicrous statements could win a major-party nomination for such an important post. But there's also something more disturbing, or at least more annoying, going on here.

CNN (quoted here) opens a report on O'Donnell with the words "American politics has a photogenic new face.....", and numerous similar observations could be cited. Sarah Palin's emergence, too, was marked by a widespread and ill-disguised fascination with her personal attractiveness.

It's painfully apparent that this is a big part of the fuss. Would O’Donnell be getting nearly so much attention if she weighed 400 pounds and had a wart on her nose?

A hot-looking woman who talks about sex (even if she’s against it) is inherently fascinating to males. But I thought that most of us outgrew the urge to publicly make asses of ourselves over that by the age of 20 or so.

Yes, O’Donnell is photogenic, but so what? She’s out for votes, not a date. She’s an extremist crackpot theocrat like Alan Keyes or Fred Phelps, and that’s what’s important.

There have been highly capable and qualified female politicians, including conservative ones. Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher come to mind.

But the fact that flakes like O’Donnell or Palin are being taken so seriously is evidence of a dangerous influx of hormonal adolescent foolishness into the sphere of political commentary.


Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

I heard about the ole gal's problem's with masturbation and figured her to be a masturbatrix, who will do it for you (just kiddin) One of the thing's that has caught me as well is how the GOP seem's to be saturated with attractive women, to me it's a sale pitch or conjob ... and I dont fall for it, they all also have that same mentality of uptight thought, alway's ranting about sex this or that, killing babies and the rest of the GOP pop culture morality stuff. Time's get a lil tough too, and this help's them sell their product. My worries over the GOP or Tea Pot crowd getting any power right now is because of their policies on economic's ... I have been listening to it closely ... and it is far from what it appear's, and I feel right at this time would be dangerous to the nation economically especially ... they ARE NOT for support of business the way that most think they are. As far as the witchcraft nonsense, I think she was a kid, had a guy she was crazy about and done some Wiccan stuff ... fertility crap or something .. it's basically white lighter goody- goody witchcraft ... which is hypocritical and nauseating as christianity in my opinion. I'll STFU though.

Later Infodel!

26 September, 2010 05:37  
Blogger Ahab said...

It's a shame that the political arena isn't demonstrating more wisdom and maturity on the current crop of candidates. I don't care what candidates look like; it's their attitudes and policies that matter to me.

26 September, 2010 09:29  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Remember a year or so ago when the Righties went bezerk over the possibility that Carolyn Kennedy would run for the vacated Senate seat in New York?

They bellowed over how little experience she had, and even that clown of a half governor chimed in about her lack of experience.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg hold a law degree, has written a couple of books [not ghostwritten], has been involved in several public service institutions--not the least of which is her involvement in the Kennedy Library as well as many philanthropic causes in New York City, and has, y'know, been up close and personal in politics. IOW, she would have been a fine candidate.

Christine O'Donnell?

A low-achieving illiterate who believes evolution is a myth.

That's what the Righties admire--women with cute faces and vacant minds.

26 September, 2010 15:57  
Blogger Sue said...

conservative men are hormonal adolescents, that's the problem.

O'Donnell only got a tiny fraction of the votes to win her election. 30,000 is tiny when you compare it to 180,000 or more registered democrats in Delaware. Now come on democrats, get to the polls in November and crush this moron woman!

26 September, 2010 17:27  
Blogger tnlib said...

Ditto to all of the above comments. I don't even think this dame is attractive.

But back to the point of Infidel's post. It is very disturbing that the media is more attracted to so-called looks than substance. In fact, they don't even try to find out if there is any substance in those empty brains. OTOH, maybe it's because there's nothing there that they are left with nothing. And when the candidate refuses to be interviewed, how are they going to be able to ask substantive questions?

Shaw, was it the righties or the Dems who had such a fit over Carolyn Kennedy?

26 September, 2010 18:57  
Blogger mendip said...

I would echo Sue's comment, the frat boys and yahoos simply let their hormones do their thinking for them. Interesting, isn't it: the people who are most disturbed at the thought of humans evolving from more "primitive" life forms are often the best example of such a connection...

27 September, 2010 05:53  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Trotting out "Hot" women for their duped and brain dead followers to ooogle is a standard tactic for Conservatism.

These women then mouth any and every evil anti-human Republican talking point.

The Masters of the Republican believe, perhaps correctly, conservative dupes will hold Good Looking equals Good Arguments.

29 September, 2010 14:56  

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