A story on Michele Bachmann in GQ magazine has the headline “Michele Bachmann is a Genius,” with the focus on how her good looks have contributed to her meteoric rise in the polls:
Although the current GOP presidential field has no shortage of attractive physical specimens — and that’s even before Rick Perry has officially tossed his spectacular head of hair into the ring — it’s only Bachmann, the race’s sole woman, who routinely gets subjected to the hot-or-not test. When I broached the topic of Bachmann and her presidential chances with one prominent conservative commentator, he immediately steered our conversation into the gutter with an assessment of her sexual desirability too dirty to print. “People talk about Palin,” he continued, “but I saw Bachmann in person and I had all sorts of disturbing thoughts.”
Her looks lead people to underestimate her, the story says:
Unlike Palin, who has repeatedly demonstrated that she has neither the work ethic nor the ideological conviction to mount a serious presidential campaign, Bachmann possesses both. While Republican men were drooling over her appearance, she was doing the quiet, unglamorous work of building a legitimate dark horse presidential campaign — making countless trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina; hiring a top-notch campaign team, including the GOP’s premier debate coach; even brushing up on her Milton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises so as to better stroke the erogenous zones of pointy-headed conservative op-ed writers when they would ask her what she was reading.
Best anecdote of the story is about her election as student body vice-president in college:
In the mid-1970s, when she was an undergraduate at Winona State University, Bachmann was elected student body vice president. “Michele was picked because she appealed to the Jesus freak voters and to provide some eye candy,” says Jerome Christenson, a former classmate of Bachmann’s who helped put together the winning slate of candidates on which Bachmann ran.
The fact that Bachmann was engaged, capable and had been active in evangelical Democrat Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign didn’t seem to impress anyone. “She was this somewhat scatterbrained, ditzy brunette who had a great butt,” recalls Christenson. “She was a lightweight and nobody really credited her with being much more than that.” It was the man who served above Bachmann as the student body president who was thought to be the political rising star. He’s now a farmer.