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"She's Got A Little Sex Appeal Too."

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A top aide to presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is apologizing after claiming that opponent Michelle Bachmann is gaining popularity because of her sex appeal.


Here is some context.  The aide, Vin Weber, was discussing the upcoming Iowa Caucuses.  He said that Bachmann would be hard to beat because "She's got hometown appeal, she's got idealogical appeal, and I hate to say it, but she's got a little sex appeal, too," he said.


Within hours Weber apologized.  "I made a mistake that was disrespectful to my friend Congresswoman Bachmann," he said.  "I've been a Bachmann supporter in her congressional bids and I apologize.  I was not speaking on behalf of Governor Pawlenty's campaign.  But nevertheless, it was inappropriate and I'm sorry."


Inappropriate?  How is that inappropriate?  He listed off two other attributes about Congresswoman Bachmann and then added that she had sex appeal.  That is not insulting.  It is not belittling.  It does not diminish her.  This is ridiculous.  Her sex appeal wasn't even the primary focus of his comment.  Saying that she has sex appeal does not take away from her other attributes any more than complimenting her on her foreign policy knowledge takes away from her knowledge of the tax code.  This is ridiculous.





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