A committee of six decided on the Vancouver Mayor's next eyewear
Sex sells, or so they tell me. But does "sexy" have a place in politics? Think about the reaction to Sarah Palin when she first strutted on stage in those red haute couture dresses, expensive high heels and the beauty parlour treatment. Oh, and let's not forget the costly designer eyewear. She sent GOP hearts a racin'. Men wanted her, women wanted to be her. Palin exuded self-confidence, and she could really deliver all the party's favourite talking points.
And you know what? She might be president in 2012, thus confirming everything you've heard about that apocalyptic point on the Gregorian calendar.
How will Palin get to the top job? It won't be on smarts, or her strength on policy. It won't be because of her vision for the future. Palin will be president because of money, moxy and a carefully managed public image. Moving forward you won't see anymore chicken beheadings or her pulling fishing nets with chest waders hiked up to her armpits.
Recently I heard that a committee of about six weighed in on an executive decision as to which eyewear Gregor Robertson will sport moving forward. You see, Gregor has a bit of a reputation for being an intellectual lightweight. However, the right eyewear can potentially add several points to someone's IQ. Which is why Gregor's latest choice of bifocals makes him look like reporter Clark Kent.
If you think what Gregor Robertson wears on his face is an idle concern, read this blog post of what was apparently "overheard" by the sister of the Mayor's top fundraiser and adviser Joel Solomon. Linda Solomon publishes the Vancouver Observer webzine, where she also blogs favourably about Robertson. She recounts this from a recent media event with Robertson:
When the press conference ended, media representatives packed up their gear and a local radio reporter told a local print reporter, that Mayor Gregor Robertson's new name was "Clark Kent."
The print reporter understood instantly what she was referring to and said, "He's been wearing those glasses for some time. "Have you ever checked on Twitter to see how many times someone called Gregor hot?" The radio reporter hadn't but said she wasn't surprised. "Gregor's" good looks were a "relief," she said.
"At least if we have to sit and listen to them (politicians) all the time we can look at someone hot. If you think of what we've had to look at over the last years..."
She mentioned the names of two previous Vancouver mayors. The two women agreed these mayors were "harder" on the eyes.
Is it surprising that the two one-termers that preceded Robertson are being judged by their looks? Not really.
For another example of this phenomenon read commentator Gary Mason's recent column about Gregor Robertson. Mason's writing during the time of the last election sent shockwaves through Vancouver's political scene, and arguably were one of the direct causes of the defeat of the NPA in 2008. Since the last election, I can't recall if Mason has written anything about anything related to Vancouver City Hall other than this radiant assessment of Vancouver's Mayor, which opens like this:
Gregor Robertson must have had a blithe, well-adjusted upbringing. He's always smiling....
Now that his city has just presided over a smash-hit Olympic party that won raves around the world, his boyish grin is bigger than ever. His political ambitions may be as well.
Mason characterizes a recent trip to Ottawa as one whose "grand strategy" is to boulster Robertson's image on the national stage (at Vancouver taxpayer's expense, I should add). Then he wraps up the column with this observation:
Not that failure would ever stop the man from smiling. Nothing can. And whatever you may think of his politics, it's always nice to see someone so happy.
It's interesting that everyone from a seasoned reporter to a blogger seem to be overcome by Robertson's appearance. Of course, the Globe has gushed about Roberton's hair style and the cut of his suit in the past.
The fact is that the Mayor has brought a whole new level of sex appeal to Vancouver politics, and just like the old Hai Karate aftershave cologne ads, the Mayor's good looks are just way too hard for many to resist.
- post by Mike