The folks over at Politico.com released a piece today entitled, simply, “The Hunks of Washington.” It was a bi-partisan list, though a few of their selections from the political left seemed a bit, well, off the mark.
While I cannot say anything too derogatory about NBC’s Chuck Todd as I have been told I look a little like him–it must be the facial hair–I was a bit surprised by Budget flunkie Peter Orszag’s spot at the top of the list, even considering Politico’s leftward slant. Orszag, after all, looks and sounds like a combination of actor Bronson Pinchot’s two hallmark characters — Balki Bartokomous of Perfect Strangers and Serge, the effete art gallery clerk turned gun dealer from the Beverly Hills Cop movies.
If this is Politico’s idea of a “hunk,” perhaps that explains the left’s fascination with Barney Frank.
Perhaps the most surprising addition to the list of D.C. “hunks” was none other than Texas Congressman Ron Paul. During the 2008 presidential primary, I found myself watching him and applauding one second while shaking my fist the next. Since then, however, if there is one Republican who absolutely, positively, unequivocally “gets it” with regard to our economy and the erosion of our fundamental constitutional rights, it’s Dr. Paul.
Furthermore, as the hypothetical 2012 presidential primary poll now here at America’s Right shows, the Texas congressman has done what his other right-leaning counterparts have yet been unable to do — develop a grassroots movement rivaling that of President Barack Obama. (I was actually planning on writing a piece about the polls and the grassroots, as Mike Huckabee’s people also mobilized nicely.) Of course, with regard to sheer size there is no comparison, but Ron Paul’s organization and supporters have done more with less than any candidate or politician that I can remember. It is that sort of organizational prowess and know-how that the GOP must tap into as the 2010 mid-term elections loom and 2012 is fast approaching, regardless of whether the hunky Dr. Paul is up for another run at the nomination.
And I do like him. I may not see eye-to-eye with him on some of his more isolationist perspectives toward foreign policy, but I’ll tell you what — compared with the detente-at-all-costs policy advanced by this current administration, isolationism looks more and more ideal. Regardless of what you think of his worldview or opinions about the Global War on Terror, however, conservatives everywhere should stand up and listen when Paul opens his mouth with regard to the economy. His relentless pursuit of an auditing of the Federal Reserve Bank–his bill, H.R. 1207, has more than 220 co-sponsors–is matched only by his penchant for saying “no” and asking “where is that in the Constitution?” when a spending bill or proposal reaches his desk.
At this time of governmental excess, Ron Paul should be a rallying point for the GOP. As unconventional as he may be to some, his ability to speak truth to power is unmatched on the American political right. While I do not necessarily believe him to be the voice the GOP is looking for to lead, I sincerely hope that whomever does emerge understands Paul’s perspective, especially with regard to the economy.
The Politico piece states that “[b]loggers call him ‘sexy’” and that “even some of his male cultlike followers admit their ‘man-crushes’.” I will do neither, but faithfulness to our founding fathers is always an attractive factor–in a non-aesthetic way, of course–for any politician . . . and, that being said, I guess that makes Dr. Ron Paul a “hunk.”
Artwork by Leah Tiscione, and used with permission.