Sex and the Capitol City
Dan Drezner is sure there are some interesting parallels between the sex scandals of Alexandra Polier (outed by Wes Clark’s people and exploited by Drudge, Wonkette, and others for an affair with John Kerry that didn’t happen) and Jessica Cutler, a.k.a. Washingtonienne (who has been exploited by Drudge, Wonkette, and others for having had sex with virtually everyone who happened to be in the DC area recently–your intrepid blogger excluded) but isn’t sure exactly what the connection is. I’m not either, except that 1) people like to read about sex involving 20-something chicks and people connected in some way to power; 2) Drudge and Wonkette especially like to write about sex involving 20-something chicks and people connected in some way to power; and 3) one of the quickest ways for a 20-something chick to get rich and famous is to have sex with people connected in some way to power–especially if they can get noticed by Drudge and/or Wonkette.
Amanda Butler thinks there is some connection with the above phenomenon and a recent WaPo report that beauty and brains tend to go together (which is supposedly counter-intuitive but something I’ve known since I was old enough to care about what women looked like).
On a related note, Matt Yglesias, taken aback by criticism of an offhanded comment he made in a previous post, provides evidence that, at the aggregate level, women are far less interested in and knowledgeable about politics than their male counterparts.
Perhaps it’s because they’re looking at the politicians on television and thinking to themselves, “Damn, he’s hot. If I could lure him into my bed, I could get written up by Drudge and Wonkette, and get a book deal!”
Or maybe not.
Update: Jeff Jarvis has a somwhat related career money making scheme.