Ok, firstly, I know I'm not a political blogger, but guess what the Republican Presidential Debate was broadcast on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, therefore, it was on television, therefore, it's fair game for me.
Just to clarify, I'm a registered Democrat, republican politics often make me sick to my stomach, and I think tea partyers are insane. But you couldn't watch the recent Florida debate without going 'hmmm, there's more fake tans and botox on this stage than at a Bachelor Pad reunion special'. I guess the age of Gollum-like frightening republican politicians like Dick Cheney and propped up pseudo-corpses like John McCain and Bob Dole are long over, and the GOP is pumping life back into its party and winning influence the old-fashioned way: by looks alone. I think they got a bit threatened with Obama's natural charm, physical stature, and too-cool-for-school disposition and decided to up the ante. Historically speaking, this is not something new to the world of politics During the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election, many people believed that Nixon lost by the narrowest margin because he was not nearly as physically appealing as Kennedy, apparently they figured those are the issues bored housewives vote on.
Every presidential campaign boasts an entourage of hair and make-up people that rival J-Lo's touring staff with hairspray, touch-up, and spray-tan cans at the ready largely due to the advent of HD television.
With the exception of Ron Paul, who's always looked like a feeble brittle old geezer (even when he was younger) here are the candidates who primp themselves for hours trying to look their best for a debate, and loosing sight of their actual debate skills along the way.
Texas governor Rick Perry (didn't we learn our lesson with electing Texas governors?) has all the charm of Rhett Butler with botox and all the dumb of a confused 2nd grader at a Spelling Bee. When they closed up on his face, it looked so leathery and wrinkled, he looked like a big dried apricot.
|There are just so many reasons not to vote for Newt Gingrich it's hard to choose just one. But going on looks alone, he does remind me of a live-action Pillsbury dough boy taking crazy pills. Just say no.|
|Gary Johnson...um who? Made no impression physically or otherwise. Ultimately forgettable. Nothing remarkable to report one way or the other. Next!|