Epic Fail



New Hampshire state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R) skips the pleasantries and gets right to the heart of the matter: ugly women need not apply.

This gets progressively worse.

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.

Okay. I can see where this is going.

In New Hampshire’s second congressional district, if I may be so bold as to speak the truth, Republican Marilinda Garcia is one of the mot attractive women on the political scene anywhere, not so attractive as to be intimindating, but truly attractive.

So she’s attractive but not so attractive as to make you feel inferior? How nice for you.

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.

“Ugly as sin.”

How ugly is Annie Kuster? Again avert your eyes if you don’t want to hear it, but I actually thought of Annie Kuster last weekend when I was in Montreal. Not far from the Second Cup Coffee Shop I at which I was sipping and writing is a bar called Mados. It’s on the section of St. Catherine Street which is blocked off for pedestrians only in the summer; it’s near the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Thus, tens of thousands of Montrealers and visitors walk by Mados on their way to the fireworks displays on summer nights.

On almost any given night, standing for all to see in front of Mados is a rather attractive drag queen. People stop to pose for pictures with this Mado drag queen; other drag queens gather round because, you see, Mados is a drag queen bar…not that there’s anything wrong with that. [...]

By now you probably know why I think of Annie Kuster whenever I walk by Mados; sad to say, but the drag queens are more atrractive than Annie Kuster….not that there’s anything wrong with that. [...]

Annie Kuster looks more like a drag queen than most men in drag.


Now that last bit came off very Freudian to me, but you get the gist. Women who are this ugly, he says, don’t have much of a chance to win.

Your accomplishments and policy positions apparently don’t matter if you don’t fit Republican Steve Vailliancourt’s definition of attractiveness. And on the flip-side, they also don’t matter even if you do meet his criteria of attractiveness. Vailliancourt says nothing of Garcia’s policies, only that she’s hot.

The good news for Steve Vailliancourt is that the same standard is not applied to men.