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America's most attractive politicians: Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin head scientists' list...
The London Daily Mail ^ | September 2, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 09/03/2012 2:29:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

•Political scientists from UCLA compare candidates based on 'competence'
•Most students interpreted 'competence' as 'attractiveness'
•Mitt Romney scored in the 99th percentile, Sarah Palin in the 95th and Paul Ryan in the 67th
•'If the election were decided on looks, it would be no contest'

Republican duo Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are one of the hottest tickets this nation has ever seen, and now there's proof that its not just their politics.

According to professors at the University of California, Mitt Romney scores in the 99th percentile of all politicians for his looks alone, far outpacing his running mate Paul Ryan, whose rock hard abs only earned him a spot in the 67th percentile.

The study was conducted to measure the 'competence' of politicians and how much, if any, their attractiveness affected the outcomes of their elections...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Politics; Science; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; palin; romney; ryan; sarahpalin; stringtheory; xplanets

1 posted on 09/03/2012 2:29:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Given that UCLA is taxpayer funded i’m sure that this brainless study was brought to you by the taxes of hard working Californians.


2 posted on 09/03/2012 2:32:47 PM PDT by Woodsman27
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A good looking boy is not necessarily good...Apache proverb


3 posted on 09/03/2012 2:33:50 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush has been unabashedly honest: Feminizism was created to give ugly women a chance to have a say.

The proliferation of ugly guys as part of that is just the law of attractive unattractiveness.


4 posted on 09/03/2012 2:34:57 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 97+% of the black vote)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find this fascinating. I never thought romney was all that.


5 posted on 09/03/2012 2:35:08 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: MestaMachine

He reminds me of Dudley Dooright or similar characters.


6 posted on 09/03/2012 2:36:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

7 posted on 09/03/2012 2:40:33 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Most students interpreted 'competence' as 'attractiveness'

I just told my wife she was highly competent.

Then I showed her this thread.

Tonight will be a good night.

8 posted on 09/03/2012 2:42:21 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My sister has cast her vote based on looks in every election save 2008. She would not vote for Obama.
I really think this is one reason the founding fathers withheld the vote from women.


9 posted on 09/03/2012 3:01:47 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: MestaMachine

Me, neither. He sort of looks like a human thumb.

There were a couple of females on the RNC convention threads moaning about their “Mitt crushes”. I can’t relate. And I’m not gonna vote for someone based on looks.


10 posted on 09/03/2012 3:13:58 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: CatherineofAragon

I figure if this silly hypothesis is even close to being true, obama could have never....
Oh wait, he was running against mccain.
Never mind.


11 posted on 09/03/2012 3:23:46 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: Woodsman27

Actually, IMHO, it’s a useful thing to study.

What makes a winning politician?

We know that it has something to do with policies — but, there are hundreds (or thousands) of policy wonks, for every electable one. On just the basis of policy wonkiness, there are probably a few thousand FReepers that qualify for high office. Also, wonks can be hired (or fired) as needed. Clearly, wonkiness isn’t the most important factor in winning in politics.

We know that the winning formula has something to do with “charisma” — but, what is charisma? If you believe the MSM, it’s something Obama has, but Romney lacks. Clearly, most FReepers don’t think Obama is charismatic — whatever he has, we just hope it isn’t communicable.

We know that the winning formula has something to do with “attractiveness” — but, what is attractiveness, and how important is it? In this age of visual images, attractiveness probably counts for more than it ever did. Today’s received wisdom says that Nixon’s 5 o’clock shadow cost him the election against Kennedy. Kennedy was the first “Television President”. Attractiveness mattered a lot then, it no doubt matters even more today. This study might shed some light on the subject. It might be something that political operatives can use to help select a “winning candidate”.

You don’t have to like any of it (I don’t either) — but, that doesn’t make the study brainless.


12 posted on 09/03/2012 3:29:17 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Remember that Kerry/Edwards line “we have better hair”.

Pretty sure that would be classified as RAAAACIST if said by Romney/Ryan.

But....they do!

I have to say Paul Ryan reminds me so much of my dad. My dad had those same very Irish looks, with the dark hair and the blue eyes, and he was imperturbable like Ryan is.

I wish both my parents were still alive, they would have liked this ticket and they most certainly would have voted for them.


13 posted on 09/03/2012 3:33:47 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess Romney can be deemed ‘attractive’ in some quarters. But it’s in a sort of department-store mannequin way. He reminds me of someone who might be cast as a caracature of a politician in an old sitcom. Handsome, says the right things, but awfully plastic.


14 posted on 09/03/2012 3:34:30 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Bratch

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing pictures of Governor Palin. Todd’s one lucky fella.


15 posted on 09/03/2012 3:40:21 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I agree it’s definately something worth studying. I always found it an interesting topic. Even though, personally, I often find myself a little out-of-sync with some of the things that sway much of the populace. I find I’m usually attracted to leaders not so much for physical characteristics, but those who seem to be ‘least’ like politicians, in their manner. One of the reasons I was probably initially so open to both Reagan and Palin, who both at times almost seemed like the opposite of typical politicians. Even though I did not support or vote for him, I was even drawn a bit to Perot because of this.


16 posted on 09/03/2012 4:00:06 PM PDT by greene66
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Also I’ve heard that voters tend to prefer the taller candidate in many cases.

Do we have Romney’s and 0bama’s heights?


17 posted on 09/03/2012 4:03:31 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: greene66

“I guess Romney can be deemed ‘attractive’ in some quarters. But it’s in a sort of department-store mannequin way. He reminds me of someone who might be cast as a caracature of a politician in an old sitcom. Handsome, says the right things, but awfully plastic.”

I’m going to make a risky “stereotype” extrapolation.

Three Mormon men have ben present during my lifetime:

My uncle was a career Army Officer, husband, father of three

A neighbor during high school, now an MD (Stanford, UCLA medical, honor roll), husband, father

My next door neighbor, lawyer, husband, father of three.

All three lifelong Mormons, one marriage, no juveline delinquency I know of for the children. Very serious in demeanor. I think this goes with the cultural norm for adult male Mormon men.

For these three and for Romney, loosening up, casual, humorous only comes with some effort.

My two male cousins (sons of uncle) left Mormonism, but they have most of the same seriousness, stiffness, as their dad.

It is a cultural thing, like Victorian age Britain, or Puritan age New England.


18 posted on 09/03/2012 4:06:47 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: MestaMachine
Mittens and Hitlary are the same age, both born in 1947.

"That boy must be a vampire."

19 posted on 09/03/2012 4:14:47 PM PDT by Reeses (An optimist believes the Republicans nominated their best. A pessimist knows they did.)
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To: Reeses

Crikey! Hillary looks like 5 miles of bad road. Imagine that same photo without the make-up. {{{shudder}}}


20 posted on 09/03/2012 4:20:52 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: truth_seeker

I think you have a good point, and I’ve often considered that to be the case. I actually like the old-fashioned, button-down, quiet-strength that used to define maleness in the first half of the 20th Century. I relish it, whether in my memories of my family members, or watching it on display in old movies. The weak, metrosexual ‘maleness’ as it is now defined in the culture turns my stomach.

So, ostensibly I should be more open and forgiving towards Romney. But with him, there’s a certain distant aloofness that makes me feel uncomfortable, although sometimes I wonder if this is partly being driven by my knowledge and disapproval of his liberal history. Reagan, Palin, or even Perot... I’d be quite at ease in a foxhole under fire, with them by my side. Can’t say this about 95% of politicians, and that includes some pretty good ones when it comes to issues and stances.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 4:24:58 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Two Kids' Dad

Women probably won’t vote for a really pretty woman.


22 posted on 09/03/2012 4:25:06 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Terrible criteria, but... based on looks, the ones they picked are the best looking. Sarah, Mitt, Paul Ryan are are tops in political looks.


23 posted on 09/03/2012 4:27:51 PM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt is far, far, far down the list of lookers, imo.


24 posted on 09/03/2012 4:29:51 PM PDT by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If it was based on looks, Rick Perry would be the nominee.


25 posted on 09/03/2012 4:40:47 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Reeses

Ann Romney is only two years younger, 63, and she looks fantastic.


26 posted on 09/03/2012 4:47:59 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: StevenFlorida
"Women probably won’t vote for a really pretty woman."

Hey, Sarah Palin is a beautiful woman, and I'd be happy to vote for her.

27 posted on 09/03/2012 4:49:14 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

would have been a great ticket, too


28 posted on 09/03/2012 5:09:42 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTTT


29 posted on 09/03/2012 5:29:03 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

wow, that’s great.


30 posted on 09/03/2012 5:40:55 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: Reeses

What’s it look like without all the crack Spackle?


31 posted on 09/03/2012 6:04:15 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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