It’s really too bad looks can’t kill.
State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R-NH), already infamous for an incident in which he said “sieg heil” in the direction of the Speaker after being angered, recently wrote an article in a political blog, the NH Insider. He mused that the race between two female candidates will come down to looks, saying, “Let’s be honest. Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin.”
One really has to wonder if all political positions were usurped by “pretty faces,” how in the world Vaillancourt even got elected to his position. Why is it always the doughy, balding ones that criticize the way females look? I digress.
Without actually taking three seconds to Google the poll (or it simply doesn’t exist) he’s attempting to cite, he pulls numbers from the air and goes on to say, “I seem to recall hearing that a new survey is out revealing that, with two caveats, an attractive candidate can have as much as a seven to ten point advantage over a less attractive (or even an unattractive) candidate.” I was unable to find such a poll, so I guess we’ll just have to take his word for it. Just trust him, he’s a politician.
It’s just that Vaillancourt couldn’t be more wrong; in several polls cited, Kuster is beating the skirt off her Republican opponent Marlinda Garcia by a fairly large margin, which you can see by clicking here. In the most recent poll, Kuster is leading by a margin of 12 percent in this poll conducted by New England college.
However, the vivacious Vaillancourt goes on to say as a “general rule” that this only counts for candidates of the same sex and “that the attractive candidate not be so drop dead gorgeous as to intimidate those watching.” Got that? Don’t be too pretty, ladies. Maybe that’s why Garcia is failing miserably, though I’m betting it’s her awful platform.
His remarks are a stark reminder that the Republicans will never be able to reach the majority of women. Ever. They may try to reach out; they may kick and scream trying to get you to believe that they’ve changed but they haven’t, and won’t any time soon. Conservatives simply just do not understand how to speak to and about women.
The notion that candidates cannot win based on the issues they support, the work they put in, and their own personal merits is ridiculous. If all races were won by pretty faces, Mitch McConnell wouldn’t be in office.
Oh, but that’s right; judging worth based on physical appearance is only reserved for females running for office. Women are often not seen as respectable, working members of society — we’re pageant contestants who will only be as successful as we are attractive. The world is our runway.
In other political ads, Republicans also show how “in touch” they are with women by turning political races into “relationships,” because to speak to women, you have to frame issues in this context, or else it flies over our pretty little heads and gives us the vapors.
A perfect example of Republicans failing with women was the Tom Corbett “Say Yes to the Dress” ad, which features a woman shopping for her wedding dress and trying to decide between two dresses which were metaphors for the two candidates running in the race. If there are three things women love it’s shopping, getting married and stereotypes.
Here’s the video:
At this point, the GOP should just stop pretending they are concerned for women’s issues. They certainly weren’t on our side when it came time for voting for things like equal pay, VAWA or ensuring access to women’s health clinics and contraceptives.
Thanks but no thanks, GOP.