13 August 2012

shirts vs. skins.

Yesterday, in the Washington Post blog The Fix, columnist Chris Cillizza coughed up this petulant blurb on the overall state of the American political intellect. Now you probably know that I'm the last person on earth you'd expect to defend the Yankee Doodle mouthbreathers who actually have the fate of this nation in their chubby, diabetically-numb, rifle-stroking hands, but using Google search results as a bellwether for American intellectual health seems especially specious and obnoxious.

In case you didn't read the blog, what Cillizza is sighing and throwing the back of his hand to his forehead about is the fact the second most popular Paul Ryan Google search, as of yesterday, was 'Paul Ryan shirtless'—which is interesting in itself because isn't the second most popular search for any famous male usually that person's name followed by the word 'gay'? 

Anyway, this blog entry got me thinking about other notable politicians (past and present, foreign and domestic) shirtless—not of course (!) in the context of a fantasy but rather with the curious rigor of a lepidopterist pinning butterflies in a shadow box. Here are my specimens, friends—and for them I offer you my apology in advance...


Rick Santorum.

Ronald Reagan.

Mitt Romney.

Vladimir Putin.

Leonid Brezhnev.

Helmut Kohl.

Ted Kennedy.

Gerald Ford.

Joseph McCarthy.

Richard Nixon.

Harry S. Truman.

Benito Mussolini.


13 comments:

  1. Seriously. Did any of you people check out Brezhnev's tits?

    HAWTsky.

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    1. You beat me to it. Brezhnev wins.

      Also, I fear that I may be developing a Rick Santorum body-type.

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    2. I don't really understand Santorum's body-type. He's, like, thin everywhere except that his midsection is strangely shaped like a big bag of garbage. He's a stud next to Kennedy though.

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  2. But that was Kennedy at his worst. Were you aware that his Senatorial replacement once posed nude for Cosmo?

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    1. Don't be so bigoted, Morais. That's T-Kenn at his *best* if you happen to be a chub chaser.

      And no. I don't even know who Kennedy's replacement is. The world doesn't revolve around what happens in your godforsaken little state, you know.

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    2. http://starcasm.net/archives/32445/scottbrowncenterfoldfin

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    3. Wow. In 1982, twenty-two-year-olds looked a lot like thirty-four-year-olds.

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  3. Ronald Reagan's got some gams!

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    1. I mean, had.

      Not anymore, obviously.

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  4. Was Mussolini trying out for ANTM Dictator Cycle?

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    1. Imagine I typed 'You better work, bitch!' in Italian here.

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  5. I am transfixed by the Brezhnev picture. Everything about it, really. The clunky Soviet phone (complete with giant red star at the center of the dial!), the ritzy art-deco glass blocks, the bizarre, otherworldly swimsuit(?)/truss, and most of all his ghastly complexion, which invokes images of a recently-exhumed burn victim.

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    1. To say nothing of those eyebrows!

      Judging from most of these photos, I guess exposing one's belly button use to be positively indecent.

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