“She’s got hometown appeal, she’s got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she’s got a little sex appeal too.” – Vin Weber

Remember the Drudge photo and Rush doing a monologue on Hillary’s wrinkles? Remember when Harry Reid had to apologize for his comment about Sen. Gillibrand? Where would Michele Bachmann be if she was ugly? Just look at her opening ad in Iowa to see how she trades on style, which for politicians matters.

There’s a reason Rep. Bachmann all of a sudden showed up with a great new look when Sarah Palin came to town one day last April and it wasn’t because “sex appeal” is unimportant. John McCain would never have picked Palin if she wasn’t a knock out. It’s her strongest attribute. She knows it and uses it, as she should.

Good looking male politicians have traded on their looks to get into office for over a century. Do you think John Ensign would have had a prayer if he was ugly? The man’s an idiot, which he eventually proved.

The Bachmann “sex appeal” brouhaha is nothing.

Compare it to the treatment Elizabeth Warren is getting, which is reminiscent of what Hillary received from The New Republic.

Via Politico, with Jason Linkins adding a comparison to a TIME cover of Rubin, Summers and Greenspan.

Elizabeth Warren’s prowess is such a threat that a major biz mag targets her reputation to keep her from impacting their world.

The only thing worse, evidently, than being a “bureaucrat” is being a “liberal.”

When a smart, tough, aggressive woman is smeared it means the boys’ club establishment is scared of her.