Once again - for the third year in a row - Senator Gordon Smith has failed to reprise his 2005 appearance in The Hill newspaper's list of 50 Most Beautiful People in Washington D.C.
Maybe it's all the weight he's put on recently. (Made more obvious by the bizarre use of all the vintage 1996 footage in his 2008 ads.)
Well, just because it's always fun to recap, here's Mo Rocca and Allison Stewart in 2005, talking about Gordon Smith's "Hottie" listing on MSNBC's Countdown.
STEWART: All right. Let’s—there’s one we’ve been trying to figure out. Some of the ladies in the office were all sitting around. Oregon Senator Gordon Smith. Could you walk throughout hotness of this man for me and explain that to me?
ROCCA: Well, hello! Gordon Smith is only the hottest U.S. senator from Oregon! I mean, come on. Compare him to Senator Ron Wyden. I mean, with all due respect, it’s like Senator Wyden, if he weren’t so wide in you know where, he might have made the top 200, not—I mean, let’s face it. Like, Senator Wideload, maybe you could spend more time on the Oregon Trail because right now, you’re bigger than Lewis and Clark combined.
I mean, I don’t want to be rude about it, but Senator Gordon Smith is super-hot. I mean, he’s got this whole Wink Martindale thing going on. It’s, like, tick, tack, don’t you want to know who he’s canoodling with?
STEWART: I love it when...
ROCCA: And the answer is his wife, Sharon, by the way. Yes, he looks a little bit like Chuck Woolery, too. It’s—and you know, it’s true. He’ll be up for reelection in two and two, in four years. It’s true.
And a few minutes later...
ROCCA: Yes. I have to issue a quick apology...
STEWART: We're out of time.
ROCCA: ... to Senator Ron Wyden. I really don’t know what he looks like.
STEWART: Television personality and COUNTDOWN cultural visionary Mo Rocca. As always, it’s a pleasure.
ROCCA: Thank you.
Full disclosure: My firm built the websites for Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, but I speak only for myself.