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Does Our Looks-Obsessed Culture Want to Stare at an Aging Woman? (Rush)
RushKimbaugh.com via Drudge Report ^ | Dec 17, 2007 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 12/17/2007 4:15:46 PM PST by RDTF

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RUSH: Now, this theory of mine based on this Drudge picture of Mrs. Clinton, with the headline: "The Toll of a Campaign." Now, it could well be that that's a sympathy photo, too, to make people feel sorry for how tough the campaign trail is. Now, I want to preface this by saying I know it's going to get out there. Media Matters is going to get hold of this and they're going to take it all out of context. We can expect that. It's a badge of honor when this happens, but for the rest of you, I want you to understand that I am talking about the evolution of American culture here, and not so much Mrs. Clinton. It could be anybody, and it is really not very complicated. Americans are addicted to physical perfection, thanks to Hollywood and thanks to television. We know it because we see it. We see everybody and their uncle in gyms. We see people starving themselves. We see people taking every miracle fad drug there is to lose weight. We see guys trying to get six-pack abs. We have women starving themselves trying to get into size zero and size one clothes; makeovers, facials, plastic surgery, everybody in the world does Botox, and this affects men, too. As you know, the haughty John Kerry Botoxed his wrinkles out during the campaign.

There is this thing in this country that, as you age -- and this is particularly, you know, women are hardest hit on this, and particularly in Hollywood -- America loses interest in you, and we know this is true because we constantly hear from aging actresses, who lament that they can't get decent roles anymore, other than in supporting roles that will not lead to any direct impact, yay or nay, in the box office. While Hollywood box-office receipts may be stagnant, none of that changes the fact that this is a country obsessed with appearance. It's a country obsessed with looks. The number of people in public life who appear on television or on the big screen, who are content to be who they are, you can probably count on one hand. Everybody's trying to make themselves look different -- and in that situation, in that case, they think they're making themselves look better. It's just the way our culture has evolved. It's the way the country is. It's like almost an addiction that some people have to what I call the perfection that Hollywood presents of successful, beautiful, fun-loving people. So the question is this: Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?

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1 posted on 12/17/2007 4:15:47 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF
I am sure that picture of Hillary on Drudge prompted that response from Rush. A great line.
2 posted on 12/17/2007 4:18:03 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: RDTF


Man! She's only 60?
3 posted on 12/17/2007 4:19:07 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: RDTF

After seeing the former beauty Cheryl Tiegs on some show last night with the most horrific face lift, I’d rather watch a woman grow old naturally. At least we won’t see Hillary’s hair turn gray.


4 posted on 12/17/2007 4:19:55 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: RDTF
Well, maybe not that woman.


5 posted on 12/17/2007 4:20:16 PM PST by keat (You know who I feel bad for? Arab-Americans who truly want to get into crop-dusting.)
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To: RDTF

Would you want to stare at Helen Thomas for 4 straight years?


6 posted on 12/17/2007 4:20:18 PM PST by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: kellynla

My mother is 74 and Hillary looks older than she does.


7 posted on 12/17/2007 4:21:19 PM PST by kalee
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To: RDTF

No Helen Thomas pics!


8 posted on 12/17/2007 4:22:22 PM PST by Duck Fan
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To: RDTF

Looks like needs a nicely crocheted shall, a crackling fire, a few grand babies and to stay home for ever.

9 posted on 12/17/2007 4:23:07 PM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: Duck Fan

I 2nd the motion by my FReeper colleague from the great state of Oregon!


10 posted on 12/17/2007 4:23:52 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: RDTF

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I’m not even going to answer the question for you, just want you to think about this. The campaign is Mitt Romney versus Hillary Clinton in our quest in this country for visual perfection, hmm?
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We may be in a looks obsessed culture, but we are also in a culture that really likes to (rightfully) take down people who are exalted as being outwardly perfect. Just look at TMZ. I don’t think Romney’s plastic ken doll look will help him much against the melting glacier.


11 posted on 12/17/2007 4:24:45 PM PST by bahblahbah (conservative confessional reformed evangelical yadda yadda yadda christian against huckamania)
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To: RDTF

A thread’s worth of brutal comments on this pic can be found here:

Caption CHILLARY in New Hampshire
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1940026/posts


12 posted on 12/17/2007 4:24:50 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: jws3sticks

Oh my goodness, she looks absolutely HORRIBLE!


13 posted on 12/17/2007 4:26:23 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (HUNTER: SOLID! Tops on: Illegals, Trade, DPRK, Iran/Iraq, Economy, WOT, PRC, Budget, PROLife)
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To: RDTF

When Rush went on commercial break before saying what he thought about Hitlery’s pic I thought to myself....DON’T SAY IT, DON’T DO IT RUSH! I knew instantly the mediaWHORES were going to pick up the comment and twist around. Rush’s comment will probably make the rounds tomorrow...bank on it! They are so hoping for another Michael Fox moment real bad! I think Rush just handed the SHE-DEVIL the victim card!


14 posted on 12/17/2007 4:26:26 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas

well you know what they say... all is fair in love and politics


15 posted on 12/17/2007 4:27:25 PM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: RDTF

Mostly I don’t want to listen to her!


16 posted on 12/17/2007 4:27:51 PM PST by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: RDTF

Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir were something less than glamorous but I would rate them above the vast majority of men in leadership roles. My dislike of Hillary has nothing to do with her appearance.


17 posted on 12/17/2007 4:28:46 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: RDTF

Looks should not be an issue in politics. Unfortunately it is, and men (Lieberman, McCain, Kucinich etc) are not exempt.


18 posted on 12/17/2007 4:29:08 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: RDTF
Image hosted by Photobucket.com ummmm... NO!!!
19 posted on 12/17/2007 4:30:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: Duck Fan

Just mentioning Helen Thomas is trouble. /laff


20 posted on 12/17/2007 4:31:37 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: RDTF
So the question is this: Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?

Christ. The fact that this is even being asked speaks volumes about this country.

21 posted on 12/17/2007 4:33:42 PM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: kellynla

All right, get out your flame-throwers, but I actually admire her for growing old gracefully in today’s society. And I think this pic is going to do for her what Cary Grant’s shove in the face did for the failing career of the until-then-unloveable Katherine Hepburn. Strange analogy, I know, but I think the pic has the same humanizing effect.


22 posted on 12/17/2007 4:35:27 PM PST by lapster
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To: RDTF

The reason the picture’s so striking is because there aren’t others like it out there, so far as I know. So she’s been doing a good job of hiding the wrinkles. By the time she does get older we’ll have gotten used to her aging, just as we do to other politicians. I don’t like the woman, but Rush is being silly here. The implication is that we wouldn’t put up with another woman candidate, someone like Margaret Thatcher, say, because of her looks and her aging, and that just won’t fly.


23 posted on 12/17/2007 4:36:03 PM PST by x
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To: RoseofTexas

That is okay, the more it is written and talked about, the picture will be shown with it:)

Not every voter reads Drudge and FR.


24 posted on 12/17/2007 4:37:46 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: lapster
All right, get out your flame-throwers, but I actually admire her for growing old gracefully in today’s society.


25 posted on 12/17/2007 4:39:15 PM PST by Popman
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To: RDTF

There are corporates who’d probably spend the night with her and Ahmadigenocide to keep freight fuel prices down.


26 posted on 12/17/2007 4:40:26 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.)--has-been)
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To: Lorianne

The Democrats picked Jon Carry last time cause he “looked” Presidential


27 posted on 12/17/2007 4:41:51 PM PST by digger48
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To: lapster

“I actually admire her for growing old gracefully in today’s society?”

There is absolutely nothing to admire about this rapist enabling crooked woman who married a three-time draft dodging criminal who disgraced the highest office in America!

“Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink.”
P.J.O’Rourke


28 posted on 12/17/2007 4:42:06 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: lapster

How does one grow old gracefully?????????


29 posted on 12/17/2007 4:42:17 PM PST by petitfour
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To: RDTF

Do they make enough Botox to fix that ???


30 posted on 12/17/2007 4:42:24 PM PST by StnCldTruth (10 out of 10 terrorists vote Democrat !!!)
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To: jws3sticks
Looks like needs a nicely crocheted shall, a crackling fire, a few grand babies and to stay home for ever.

No, this particular witch deserves a prison cell, but what she deserves and what she gets will be two different thingys.

31 posted on 12/17/2007 4:43:57 PM PST by webschooner
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To: Duck Fan

How can we tell now-a-days? LOL!!!!


32 posted on 12/17/2007 4:48:18 PM PST by rock_lobsta (I LOVE Global Warming!)
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To: RDTF

She may be growing older, but so are we all. She can’t help that. But she can help having the attitude of a spoiled little girl. She’s a socialist Veruca Salt.


33 posted on 12/17/2007 4:48:57 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: RDTF
It really depends on which aging woman and what she's doing. Hillary addressing "fellow Americans" from the Oval Office? Nope. This aging woman doing her thing? Yeah, I could handle that. She kinda' has a scary high school guidance counselor vibe going, but hey, she's a trendsetter.
34 posted on 12/17/2007 4:49:31 PM PST by Caesar Soze
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To: StnCldTruth

nah


35 posted on 12/17/2007 4:50:37 PM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: RDTF
Hillary Clinton's $6,000 Beauty Sessions.

Hillie makes the Breck Girl look like a piker.

36 posted on 12/17/2007 4:51:00 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: RDTF

37 posted on 12/17/2007 4:51:44 PM PST by jimbo123
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38 posted on 12/17/2007 4:51:58 PM PST by Gritty (Hillary is a study in over-manicured bitchiness.This is a feminist with a chrome soul.-Norm Liebmann)
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39 posted on 12/17/2007 4:52:44 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: RDTF
rush didn't mention Viagra.....

anyway, "aging" meaning what?....growing older like we all are doing?.....

I am totally, emphatically, pathologically against Hitlery, but her age has nothing to do with it....

look, we saw a young and vigorous conservative man become an idiot and a socialist in 8 yrs, we certainly could handle a woman aging...

40 posted on 12/17/2007 4:52:47 PM PST by cherry
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To: jimbo123

nice front crowns


41 posted on 12/17/2007 4:52:54 PM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: x; RDTF

I agree, Rush has misfired here. The photo in question just makes her look mature and serious, it does her no harm. If she wants to be elected she needs to convince people she is the next Thatcher, or the next Golda Meir, someone who can be trusted at the helm of a country at war.

She is not that person, but she needs to be seen as that person, so the photo is actually a boon if anything.

Unless something in someone’s appearance is indicative of their underlying character, its usually better not to bother criticizing it, unless you’re a satirist in which case most anything goes. And there is an element of that in anything Rush does, I realize.


42 posted on 12/17/2007 4:54:08 PM PST by marron
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To: kellynla
Man! She's only 60?

I was just thinking the same thing. She looks a little like an aunt of mine, who has since passed away, but she was nearly 90 and her complexion looked like that.

43 posted on 12/17/2007 4:54:47 PM PST by FrdmLvr
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To: kellynla

She’s got that Arlen Specter grin going on.


44 posted on 12/17/2007 4:57:28 PM PST by umgud (no more subprime politicians)
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To: RDTF
Does Our Looks-Obsessed Culture Want to Stare at an Aging Woman?

That's not it.

Hillary is the nag at every party, telling everyone not to drink too much, eat too much, or tell that sort of joke, even though it isn't her party and no one is absolutely sure who invited her.

Hillary is the crazy mom none of the other moms like who drones on about how great her kid is, even though she really isn't. She doesn't fit in, and she knows she doesn't fit in, and she tried to force the issue by being bossy, but that only makes it worse.

Hillary is the woman everyone knows is being cheated on by her lying scoundrel of a husband, but she doesn't have any close girlfriends to tell her and no body else likes her enough to tell her, either.

Hillary is that girl that your mom made you invite to your birthday party, even though you didn't want to, because you knew she was going to ruins everything trying to boss all the other kids around

She's the person you will be sorry having pity on, because she's too obtuse to ever go away.

Hillary is the woman no woman wants to be, and no man wants to be tied to, lest anyone think he can't do better.

That's who Hillary is.

45 posted on 12/17/2007 4:57:43 PM PST by mountainbunny
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To: keat

One of the truly beautiful women of our time.


46 posted on 12/17/2007 4:58:03 PM PST by OldEagle
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To: kellynla
"Man! She's only 60?"

It's not the years, it's the mileage.

47 posted on 12/17/2007 4:58:11 PM PST by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: kellynla
I thought the layout was familiar!


48 posted on 12/17/2007 4:58:32 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: digger48

I think they miscalculated there. Kerry just looks goofy. Not that I condone it, I have no doubt looks played a role in that election. Bush looked and still looks more presidential.


49 posted on 12/17/2007 4:59:40 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: JimSEA
My dislike of Hillary has nothing to do with her appearance.

So ... then your saying ... you like her appearance?

Regards

50 posted on 12/17/2007 5:01:11 PM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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