I’m a red-blooded all-American boy and I like seeing a pretty girl as much as the next guy (or girl).. yeah, even at my age. I have to presume that I am not the only male voter who has taken a less-than-political notice of Palin and Bachmann. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a little political eye candy for us guys for a change; the girls have had their male politicans since time began. Heck, a lot of them go nuts over our Dear Leader, President Obama… and certainly went bonkers over JFK. So I don’t feel guilty in the least for entertaining a flashing thought about what marital liberties might go on in the Lincoln Room if either of those two young ladies were elected. But as I was watching Bachmann speaking about suspending her campaign as a result of the Iowa caucus I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe some of this had to do with her age and looks. Then I wondered about the ages of recent female leaders around the world vs. their looks. So I did a little research.
First off, Palin was born in 1964 (making her 47) and I was shocked to learn that Bachmann was born in 1956 (making her 55); I thought she was more Palin’s age. But what these girls have in common is that they don’t look old, wise, or sage-like. I’m not sure that fosters confidence in them having worldly experience enough to lead a country. In fact, when they speak it’s more like listening to mothers at a PTA meeting rather than candidates for public office. Now compare this to Hillary Clinton. She was born in 1947 (making her 64 now.. and 68 in 2016); looks more her age, speaks more like the school principal, and can pass for looking sage and wise. I can respect her. It’s not that I can’t respect (their opinions) the other two ladies.. but, it’s not the same. They look hot.
Okay.. given all that objective reasoning for evaluating female candidates for public office I will pass this along. Margaret Thatcher, PM of Great Britain from 1979-1990, was 54 when she took office and 65 when she left. She was about Bachmann’s age now but Thatcher did not have Bachmann’s looks. She also didn’t talk like Bachmann. Thatcher’s overall persona and image expressed classic experience and determination. She was the “Iron Lady” for sure. Let’s continue…
(We can’t count Queens since they enter office simply by being related to the previous head of state.)
There’s Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany. She was born in 1954.. making her also the same age as Bachmann. But she looks like a favorite aunt , could pass for a school teacher, and speaks with a measure of authority in her voice. There are others not classified as “lookers” in the male sense that have achieved leadership status.
President Pratibha Patil of India… Governor-General Dr. Quentin Bryce of Australia… President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania… Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor of Croatia…President of the Consideration Micheline Calmy-Rey of Switzerland… President Dilma Vana Linhares Rousseff of Brazil… President Mary MacAleese of Ireland … all these ladies will likely not be approached by Hefner for a photoshoot but they carry with them those classical physical traits of wisdom and confidence and experience that helped make them electable to public office in their respective countries.
On the other hand… maybe it’s the female spouses of this country that elected not to elect Bachmann (or favor Palin in large numbers). I mean, hubby makes a passing comment that Bachmann and/or Palin look nice for being politicans and, *bingo*, the wives of the nation get jealous.
Ah, well. All this is pure speculation, of course.
(Hey, guys… check out the pics of these world leaders. Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Iceland… President Cristina E. Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina… Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi of Finland… think Ol’ Hef would consider a “Girl Potentates and World Leaders” or “Girls of the G8” spread?)