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All the Beautiful Democrats

By on 10.14.06 | 8:16AM

Sure, Heath Shuler, the Democrat challenger to Rep. Charles Taylor, R-N.C., may be pretty cute:

Research has shown that if candidates invest a little effort in their looks, the payoff can be huge. Campaign consultants hover around candidates, ordering them to change their hairstyles, get in shape and update their wardrobes.
But don't forget this:

Politicians today, said (George Washington University political science professor Lee) Sigelman, strive for "the personality and looks of talk show hosts." The goal is to be "well turned out."
Careful, certain folks on Capitol Hill might get horny at that thought.

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