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Those Good-Looking Conservatives

Could it be that the Republican party is becoming the home of heart-throbs? As former model Scott Brown runs in New Hampshire to return to the U.S. Senate, Politico features a story about a Minnesota congressional candidate entitled “The Brad Pitt of the Republican Party.” And down in Alabama, a former Miss Alabama is in a spirited battle for a state house seat, running as an unabashed Christian conservative.

I can offer no first-hand reports on any of these candidates, but I have heard good things through the grapevine about Stewart Mills, the “Brad Pitt” running in Minnesota’s Eighth congressional district against incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan. Clearly, he is not lacking in personality, as he has a record of being willing to let his hair down. Different strokes, as they say.

In Alabama, the image of Amie Beth Shaver is entirely different, as wholesome and pure as they come. I have no dog in that fight, but again, through the grapevine, I hear great things about Shaver, who has a long record as a pro-life advocate and inspirational speaker. 

Some of us inky wretches might wish that all elections would be won by the most erudite and accomplished people with the best grasp of the issues. But, as John F. Kennedy famously proved, voters sometimes are moved by auxiliary considerations. If a bit of style can go with solid substance, it sure can’t hurt.

Quin Hillyer — In addition to National Review, Quin Hillyer has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New Republic, The Guardian (UK), and Investor’s Business Daily.

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