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IrishBloodEngHeart Donating Member (815 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:07 PM
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How much do looks matter to the electorate?
Look, I'm not trying to be petty, but I do wonder if the way Kerry looks will influence the election.

I think our greatest president was our ugliest (Lincoln).
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Gildor Inglorion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:20 PM
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1. Looks Don't Matter Much
But I must disagree about our greatest president. Both FDR and Thomas Jefferson rank ahead of Lincoln, in my opinion, but then I'm an "unreconstructed" Southerner. Gore Vidal, who knows everything, thinks Martin Van Buren and James A. Garfield were wonderfully good-looking, but neither of them is remembered as particularly effective.
(To be fair, poor old Garfield hardly had the chance.)
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:34 PM
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5. Does this explain why Ahhnold was put up agains Gray Davis?
Although I personally think Jabba the Hutt is far better looking than Ahhhnold.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:28 PM
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2. In this age of T.V., no butt ugly man could be elected president.
my opinion, but i dont think it is possible.
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Columbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:29 PM
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3. Remember the JFK vs Nixon TV debates?
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:31 PM
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4. I think a lot of folks like his looks - strong, intelligent, and kind.
To me he radiates goodness. And I suspect many others feel the same.

Even if he IS horsefaced. ;)
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David Dunham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:36 PM
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6. Bush looks like a chimp. Pass it on.
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:46 PM
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7. Bush looks like Ted Bundy. I pass that on every chance I get.
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Columbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:54 PM
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8. The guy on Married With Children?
Oh wait, that's Al Bundy. Oops. :)
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:56 PM
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9. Ba dump bump.
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I Lean Left Donating Member (487 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 11:56 PM
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10. Not looking to get flamed
but I personally think that's why Kucinich was so readily dismissed, even by people who generally agree with his positions.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-04 12:13 AM
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11. I agree...
Kucinich didnt say ANYTHING i didnt agree with but, unfortunately, he just isnt that photogenic.
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