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Gail Collins wonders if Bachmann's tea party success was a result of being 'extremely hot'

UCLA research has linked more feminine facial features with being more conservative in female House of Representative members. Michele Bachmann was one of the highest ranked as feminine according to software that compared to the gender average. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)

New York Times columnist Gail Collins has some thoughts as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) wraps up her final term in Congress. Namely, whether Bachmann rose to prominence in politics by way of being "extremely hot."

From Collins' Thursday column:

The most interesting question about Bachmann is how she and Sarah Palin came to be the two most high-profile women in the Tea Party. Neither one has ever had a real political organization. Palin didn’t like being governor enough to finish the term. Bachmann has been a terrible legislator. Women in Congress tend to be good at working with others. Michele Bachmann is good at talking on her cellphone during meetings.

They certainly have intense personalities. But you have to wonder if the secret is that, by political standards, they both look extremely hot. And if it’s their appearance that made them such stars, is that for the benefit of the Tea Party men or the Tea Party women?

Bachmann announced Wednesday morning that she would not seek another term.


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