How ugly is she?

Sexism? What sexism? I don’t see any sexism. There’s no such thing as sexism.

A New Hampshire Republican has sparked outrage after he called a Democratic congresswoman “ugly as sin” and claimed she would lose to her female Republican opponent because she’s more “attractive.”

New Hampshire state GOP Rep. Steve Vaillancourt wrote an incredibly sexist blog post last week in which he compared current Democratic US Rep. Anne McLane Kuster to opponent Marilinda Garcia. Specifically, he attacked Kuster’s appearance while creepily praising Garcia’s.

So let’s go straight to the blog post.

Vaillancourt starts with a warning, “to avoid the PC police sending out  a warrant for my arrest.” Haha. See what he did there? Haha. The guy’s a wit.

Then he gets down to business, which is to call one candidate ugly and the other one attractive.

How attractive is Marilinda Garcia? You know how opposition ad makers usually go out of their way to find a photo of the opponent not looking his or her best. Well…Democrats and Annie Kuster supporters can’t seem to find a photo of Marilinda Garcia looking bad at all.

As for Annie….oh as for Annie…and before I continue, I offer that caution, caution, caution, gain.

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.

If looks really matter and if this race is at all close, give a decided edge to Marilinda Garcia.

How ugly is Annie Kuster? Again avert your eyes if you don’t want to hear it, but I actually thought of Annie Kuster last weekend when I was in Montreal. Not far from the Second Cup Coffee Shop I at which I was sipping and writing is a bar called Mados. It’s on the section of St. Catherine Street which is blocked off for pedestrians only in the summer; it’s near the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Thus, tens of thousands of Montrealers and visitors walk by Mados on their way to the fireworks displays on summer nights.

On almost any given night, standing for all to see in front of Mados is a rather attractive drag queen. People stop to pose for pictures with this Mado drag queen; other drag queens gather round because, you see, Mados is a drag queen bar…not that there’s anything wrong with that. Long live Victor Victoria; long live La Cage Aux Folles.

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 atrractive than Annie Kuster….not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I’ve promised myself for years not to use this anecdote, but 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.


Politics in America.


  1. Athywren says

    “to avoid the PC police sending out a warrant for my arrest.”

    But… that actually is politically incorrect – policies matter, looks dont. This has to be pretty much the only time I’m happy to say that a case where people are whining about political correctness has to do with political correctness rather than simple factual correctness. If you are voting based on how a politician looks you are politicsing incorrectly.

  2. moarscienceplz says

    There is absolutely no response to this creature needed. If you are a halfway normally socialized human, his turd of a post obviously needs to be burned with thermite. If OTOH, you agree with him, you are beyond the reach of human reason and empathy.

  3. aziraphale says

    Vallancourt? I don’t know, sounds foreign to me. Surely No True American would say such a thing.

  4. sailor1031 says

    Vaillancourt – it’s not american. Stevie is one of those many descendants of quebecers who came to the northeast to cut pulpwood 100 years ago and never went home again. But he shouldn’t criticise other peoples’ looks – in a line up of frogs no beautiful princess would pick him out to kiss….

  5. kthondragon says

    I wrote a letter to him… though I doubt he’ll actually read it(sorry for formatting):
    Representative Vaillancourt,
    I recently read your “criticism” of Anne Kuster. I found your comments embarrassing, ignorant and inappropriate. Whether Ms. Kuster is ugly or not is not a valid criticism in regards to her ability to perform her job requirements. This is not an e-mail to argue with you whether she is or isn’t “ugly as sin” as you put it; this is an e-mail to inform you that it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter.
    Your comments were uncalled for, inappropriate and, again, embarrassing to our state.
    I highly urge you to recall them and then sit down and think hard about why you feel the need to attack a woman based upon her looks, when I am sure it never occurred to you to do the same for your male colleagues.

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