Washington's dreamboats? You've got to be kidding
Maybe this only proves the old adage that Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.
This morning, politico.com named its top dreamboats, and the list of seven admittedly powerful names is a bit, well, surprising.
No question Grover Norquist is an influential lobbyist, whose Americans for Tax Reform has impacted policy on the Potomac ever since the Reagan administration.
Undoubtedly Budget Director Peter Orszag, seen on the right in a photo with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, is a pivotal figure in bureaucratic circles, with his hands on the tiller of government spending.
And the list goes on, including Emanuel, "the West Wing version of Joe Pesci’s character in 'Goodfellas.'" House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, "a diamond in the rough." MSNBC's Chuck Todd, for bringing back the goatee. Vanity Fair's "chain-smoking, whiskey-drinking, God-denying" Christopher Hitchins. Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, for his "tireless devotion to the Constitution."
OK, so these guys have power and influence, but calling its article The Hunks of Capitol Hill? Even politico.com acknowledges that Washington is about the only place where former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer would have a stalker.
Still, the website defends its selections by saying:
The haters call Washington “Hollywood for ugly people,” but they’ve got it all wrong. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, and the beholders inside the Beltway see beauty where others might miss it. ... Let the rest of the world have its Brad Pitt. D.C. knows who the real dreamboats are.
Let's just say Hollywood hasn't called yet.
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