Scenes from the Republican Makeover to Attract Female Voters

For the last couple years, the Republican party has been trying to figure out how to win over more women voters because they lose that demographic badly to the Democrats. Let’s check in with New Hampshire to see how their makeover project is going.

New Hampshire State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt wrote a long blog post predicting the outcome of the race in the state’s 2nd Congressional District on one factor: incumbent Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster’s looks.

“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,” Vaillancourt wrote on NH Insider, a New Hampshire politics blog.

By contrast, he wrote, Kuster’s Republican challenger, State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, is “one of the most attractive women on the political scene anywhere, not so attractive as to be intimindating [sic], but truly attractive.”…

He goes on to tell a story of a “rather attractive drag queen” that he saw in Montreal the previous weekend standing outside of a bar called Mados that features men dressing as women (“not that there’s anything wrong with that,” he says).

“How ugly is Annie Kuster?” he begins. By the end of the story, he concludes, “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 attractive than Annie Kuster….not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Vaillancourt writes that for years he promised himself “not to use this anecdote,” but that, “after seeing the story about the seven to ten point boost for the attractive, the story has political relevance.”

“Annie Kuster looks more like a drag queen than most men in drag,” he concludes.

Gosh, I can’t imagine why women wouldn’t be flocking to vote for guys like this.

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  • Loqi

    Gosh, I can’t imagine why women wouldn’t be flocking to vote for guys like this.

    They’re probably young, single women. I’m sure they’ll come around when they have a husband to tell them how to vote.

    I had to stop and think about writing that. It should be obvious parody, but it’s actually less over-the-top misogynistic than what Republicans actually say, so it doesn’t really work.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I ask this seriously: how can there be women republicans?

    Is it just Stockholm Syndrome?

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “drag queens are more attractive than Annie Kuster”

    And I’m sure that he’s not the only guy who would prefer a drag queen to a woman.

    I for one admire him for coming out like that in the public arena.

  • Chiroptera

    I admit, I laughed at the repeated use of “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

    Then I remembered this isn’t a 1980s comedy movie where the racist misogynist gets what he deserves by the end; this is real life where there are few if any serious repercussions for being a racist misogynist. And I became sad.

  • alanb

    I Googled Ms. Kuster because I wanted to see what really ugly looked like. What I saw was somebody who looks like a lot of peoples’ mothers or grandmothers. Evidently in Vaillancourt’s world even average looking women have no place.

  • dingojack

    Meh — I prefer ‘scenes from a hat‘.

    Dingo

  • colnago80

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #2

    Ask the birdbrain women who work for Fox News.

  • John Pieret

    I did the same as alanb and had the same reaction.

    If you didn’t see it, PZ Myearshertz had Vaillancourt’s picture up and he is about the last person who should be drawing attention to other people’s looks.

    But by all means, send Marilinda Garcia to Congress. Then she can share makeup and dieting tips with Hilary and Michelle which, according to Republicans, is all she’s good for.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Ask the birdbrain women who work for Fox News.

    Well, they could be true believers. Or they could just be professionals. As it were.

  • freemage

    Marcus Ranum says

    October 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I ask this seriously: how can there be women republicans?

    Is it just Stockholm Syndrome?

    There’s always a small bit of room for members of an oppressed group who are willing to throw the rest of their group under the bus. Sure, they aren’t as well-treated as members of the in-group, but they do get praise for being a ‘fine example’ for their specific out-group. Thus, you get women Republicans, Log Cabin Republicans and PoC Republicans. Essentially, they make a small deal whereby they get some privileges that would otherwise be denied them.

  • scienceavenger

    I ask this seriously: how can there be women republicans?

    Easy – there are women Fundamentalists.

  • PatrickG

    Ask the birdbrain women who work for Fox News.

    Some of those women actually have extremely impressive education and credentials, so I doubt they’re “birdbrains”.

    Opportunist sell-outs might be a better term.

  • scienceavenger

    There’s always a small bit of room for members of an oppressed group who are willing to throw the rest of their group under the bus.

    The word is “collaborators”.

  • D. C. Sessions

    As I gingery danced around up at #9, there’s a much older word for it.

  • congenital cynic

    She looks like a pretty average person to me. No “ugly”, that would be Anne Colter’s heart.

  • congenital cynic

    Shit, that should read, “Now “ugly”,…”

  • congenital cynic

    Should be able to edit our own comments. I detest lingering typos.

  • Childermass

    If I was in the district in question, so long as Rep. Steve Vaillancourt’s opponent was anything short of a Nazi, I would vote for him/her over that damn jerk. I have seen enough women crying because some swine of a man called them ugly to utterly despise any man who is guilty of it.