Skip to comments.Conservative in Politics, Not in Lingerie
Posted on 02/02/2005 6:23:29 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick
By PETER APPLEBOME
HO knows if the Republican Babe of the Week feature on Tom Schneider's conservative Web site will do much for the party in New Jersey?
But with the Republicans ascendant nationally and stuck in the mud in New Jersey, maybe Mr. Schneider is on to something with his promise to put the party back in the Grand Old Party.
So if the seven Republicans hoping to take on Democratic Senator Jon S. Corzine in the race for New Jersey governor want to get some attention, here's a hint: Don't worry about the official New Jersey Republican Party Web site (www.njgop.org) with its earnest assemblage of position papers and dour officeholders. Instead, check out its evil twin at www.jerseygop.com. That's where Mr. Schneider is hoping to prove that the party of Pat Robertson and James Dobson is also the party of lacy lingerie and bare skin, where being wrapped in the flag takes on a whole new meaning.
It's possible that Mr. Schneider's Web site, which is both a business and political undertaking, is getting a half-million page views a month because of his proposal for a New Jersey version of Newt Gingrich's Contract with America or his recent essay, "Secular Fundamentalism in America."
Well, maybe it's not possible. Mr. Schneider, who lives in Riverton, in South Jersey, and does both online marketing and landscaping, figures that maybe 90 percent of the visitors to his site come for his Republican Babe feature, which exists somewhere between hard-core patriotism and soft-core porn, where state secrets meet Victoria's Secret.
Not that all the subjects and poses are salacious. There are pundits and politicos in prim garb with no-nonsense gazes, and the site may be the first "babe" site to include a secretary of state - Condoleezza Rice. And given that the prototype in terms of ideology, hair color and body type seems to be Ann Coulter - who knew there were so many starving Republicans? - reactions to the feature may vary according to one's political and aesthetic views.
There are leggy country music stars (Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sara Evans), beauty queens (past or present Miss South Dakota, Miss Missouri, Miss USA), actresses (Heather Locklear, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sarah Michelle Gellar), and a galaxy of supermodels. Eight of the fair and balanced women of Fox News are recognized en masse for their contributions to the cause. Kirsten Andersen, identified as a Gen X columnist in the mold of Ms. Coulter, poses with the flag covering her seemingly bare chest. (She says she wore a bathing suit.) A few pose brandishing pistols, others pose fetchingly in their underdrawers.
THERE is also a "Dude of the Week" page. But it gets about one-tenth the viewers as the Babes, and the honorees, like Donald H. Rumsfeld, Rush Limbaugh and Rudolph W. Giuliani, are far less likely to strike seductive poses on satin sheets or to have been picked for how they might look in their Speedos.
Mr. Schneider describes himself as a former "extreme leftist wacko" who was persuaded by talk radio of the error of his ways. He said he was so disgusted by the lack of pop on the Republican site in New Jersey that he decided to start his own.
"I disagree with the stereotype of Republicans as being the boardroom, cigar-smoking, stodgy white guys," he said, "and that anybody's who's Hollywood, music industry, celebrity, anyone who's supposed to be cool is always a leftist, liberal Democrat. So I'm trying to break down the stereotype - if you're young and go to parties you can still be a Republican."
The page might not play so well in Alabama, but in New Jersey, going up against Mr. Corzine's money and name recognition, a tiny coolness injection probably cannot hurt the party. So, for example, the official Republican site links to Mr. Schneider's. Family values or no, the party chairman, Tom Wilson, sounds unconcerned. "If that's what he wants to do, that's what a free market is all about," he said. "I'm not going to editorialize about someone else's Web site or make judgments if he uses pictures that show too much skin or someone's bikini is too small."
As for the honorees, they seem pleased. Ms. Andersen, a 24-year-old conservative writer, said that, fair or not, looks matter, and that if the feature draws people to read conservative thought, more power to it. "Conservative women are kind of proudly non-P.C., so if your looks can draw people to your words, why not play the game?"
Mr. Schneider added that his wife, initially a skeptic, ended up posing for last year's Babe of the Week calendar. He said that he didn't think there's much in even the skimpiest garb that would give offense.
"We like to call them pajamas," he said.
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I have been on this website many times. It is not pornographic.
Marty says, "Hubba hubba".
As well it should. Did you see her on "This Is Weak" with Stephanopolus? She was wearing these black leather boots with stiletto heels. Almost too hot for Sunday morning.
Good line. ;^)
Great site! Conservative women are almost always hotter because their beauty comes from within.
PING to the REPUBLICAN PARTY REPTILE list! What is the Republican Party Reptile? It is a creature of the eighties. It's neoconservatism with its pants down around its ankles, the Rehnquist Supreme Court on drugs, a disco Hobbes living without shame or federally mandated safety regulations. The Republican Party Reptile supports a strong defense policy, but sees no reason to conduct it while sober. The RPR believes in minimum government interference in private affairs; unless the government brings over extra girls and some ice. In short, the RPR is the new label that our political spectrum has been crying out for; the conservative with a sense of humor and a healthy dose of depravity.
Two Bandaids and a cork...
I see that PJ is one of the Dudes of the Week. As long as Angie Harmon is a babe of the week why not include her husband Jason Sehorn on the GOP dudes list?
I like the suit.
Belly Girl for President.
The girl I'm dating right now was Miss February in a libertarian fundraising calander. And she's a redhead.
Yes, there is a God!!!!
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