Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Most Embarrassing Politician Pictures, Ever

A Virginia Democrat running for Congress with the "I can't quite believe that this isn't a stage name" name of Krystal Ball is upset because some really, really vulgar pictures of her...well, there's no polite way to describe--or even hint--at what she is doing.  Well, okay, ABC News managed to find a reasonably polite description of the pictures:
Ball in a short skirt and Santa Claus hat posing with her husband, an unidentified woman and a sex toy...
There are no naughty parts exposed, but that would actually be an improvement over these pictures from a party when someone must have been much younger, and far less mature than she is now.  She is 28 now--and was apparently 22 when these astonishingly stupid pictures were taken.

Now, if Krystal Ball (which really does sound like a porn star's stage name, and the pictures might make you think the same) had said, "I was young, I was drunk, I don't know what I was thinking," she might get some sympathy.  But her response:

"It's sexist and it's wrong, regardless of political party," said Ball. "And I have a message for any young woman who is thinking about running for office and has ever attended a costume party with her husband or done anything stupid on camera. Run for office. Fight for this country. Don't let this sort of tactic deter you."
Sorry, but if a man running for public had pictures this vulgar and stupid of him around, it would be a disaster, also.  This isn't sexism.  This is a desire for someone running for Congress to have a little bit of seriousness and moral sense.

1 comment:

Dom said...

The pictures of Rich Iott, a republican, in a Nazi-reenactiment uniform are making the rounds. Jushua Green, at the Atlantic, has a little cottage industry on this. Even Bill Mahr had a segment on it. So no, men (or republican men) are immune.