Neil Cavuto made me laugh in his latest article at Town Hall — Why don’t ugly people have charisma? When I say made me laugh, I of course mean, guffawed in awe of how shallow he is in his sophomore attempt to detract from the flurry of news that has been associating John Edwards and the adjective “charismatic.” He’s right on one count, people do vote on image before substance. Unfortunately he blows any chance of being taken serious by mentioning John Kerry, John Edwards and Dick Cheney, but conspicuously leaving the name George Bush out of the article. As pampered fratboy-cum-governor, Bush’s only asset in the 2000 elections was image and likability, with Cheney seen as the veteran foundation for the campaign.
I decided to do a quick Google search to test my own hypothesis that more people have attribute the terms “charisma” or “charismatic” to Bush than to Edwards. The result was not surprising, with Bush’s search results easily dwarfing by a margin of two to one in a mano-y-mano against the other results. Lo and behold, look who’s talking out of the side of their mouth when it comes to the facts. I’m looking at you, Cavuto.
I threw the Libertarian candidate, Michael Badnarik (and veep Campagna) into the fray to reiterate an interesting point that Cavuto made and could be taken for face value without context:
But I think we should set our standards a little higher when we’re electing the most powerful men on the planet. Trust me, I know you can be sexy and smart. But that doesn’t mean you write off the guy who’s ugly and smart.
He’s right, we shouldn’t vote based on who’s the prettier candidate, or who has the nicer hair, or who looks good in a flight suit on an aircraft carrier. We should be voting on the candidate’s issues and honesty.
Raw data results of Google searches:
844 for Badnarik OR Campagna charisma OR charismatic
– 167 for Badnarik alone
– 1,220 for Campagna alone
109,000 results for Kerry OR Edwards charisma OR charismatic
– 74,800 for Kerry alone
– 63,900 for Edwards alone
165,000 for Bush OR Cheney charisma OR charismatic
– 163,000 for Bush alone
– 23,700 for Cheney alone
Why don’t ugly people have charisma? [Town Hall]