Poor Gordon Smith. Not a hottie anymore.

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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.

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    I also noticed Herr Schmidt is getting a bit porky of late. You would think someone who's family business is vegetables would be slim and trim (Huh! Like Sen Wyden, who is so healthy and loaded with mojo he's still fathering children!) Maybe he puts a lot of butter, cheese and sour cream on his peas and taters. I suggest he try to limit his caloric intake and also stop using the golf cart - try walking the 18 holes at the golf course. Honest Gordy, you look like crap! On the bright side, he'll have plenty of time to slim down come January '09!

  • genop (unverified)
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    From a dudes perspective, we look for cool not heat. One huge factor is courage. (in dude parlance: grande cajones) That does not complete the coolness quotient however. Another significant factor is conviction. That is, acting on your courage. When it comes to coolness, there is no comparison. Wyden hands down. Dudes never consider the girth of the male posterior. Ever.

  • Unrepentant Liberal (unverified)
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    Filthy rich used to be considered "Hot" as well. That man have been part of Gordon's 'appeal' to the Editors of "The Hill." Now, however, the rest of us just feel mostly raped by those kind of people.

  • Harry (unverified)
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    " Dudes never consider the girth of the male posterior. Ever."

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    I hope that is true. All the dudes I hang with adhere to this rule.

    So why is Kari so fixated on Smith's fat ass? Is Kari not a dude (dude = male)?

    And speaking of Kari, I admit I have never seen him (thank God) in person, but I am willing to bet (after seeing his picture right above) that Kari is no slim pickens himself. Kari may not be as large as Fat Albert, but then again, maybe he is almost there.

    Can anybody confirm how fat Kari really is?

    Kari, myabe you should fess up? I know when my wife squirted out our first born, she lost her add'l weight much faster than the 25 additional pounds I had gained watching her eat during those hefty 9 months. So Kari, I bet you have porked out a bit this last year also.

    Kari, is the kettle here calling the Sen Smith Pot black? Aren't you a lard ass as well? And is that fat ass of yours the only thing keeping you of the Hottie List, or is your face made for radio as well?

    Just wondering, you know...

  • meg (unverified)
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    Kari is a biscuit away from Ted Kennedy.

  • AdmiralNaismith (unverified)
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    Kari's local, not in DC. He wouldn' have been a contender regardless.

    I had to click on the link. Turns out hardly anyone on it is an actual member of Congress--they're mostly trophy spouses and adultery-prone "staffers", with the odd tour guide, National archives babe and hunky security guard (Ooh! pat ME down for weapons! I promise I won't resist much!) thrown in for good measure.

    The only one I'd even heard of was Elizabeth Kucinich, who is admittedly smokin' hot in addition to her other blessings.

    Give me Wyden, Blumenauer and The Faz any day. We know they weren't sent to Washington to be just another set of pretty faces.

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    Seriously? If I want to read posts like this or the responses that follow, I'll blow some time on Perez or Wonkette. Its mean and small spirited. That's part of what's wrong with the body politic today. Edgy does not have to cruel. Ya'all sound like a weirf version of the trio in "Heathers". Now, making our own Oregon list of hot pols would be fun and avoid the above middle school shenanigans.

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    Well on second thought...our own list would indeed still be middle school shenanigans but nicer. Not necessarily good but nicer.

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    Harry: So why is Kari so fixated on Smith's fat ass? Is Kari not a dude (dude = male)?

    Yes, I'm male. And did I say something about his posterior? Didn't think so.

    Harry: And speaking of Kari, I admit I have never seen him (thank God) in person, but I am willing to bet (after seeing his picture right above) that Kari is no slim pickens himself. Kari may not be as large as Fat Albert, but then again, maybe he is almost there.

    Oh, I could certainly lose some weight. No argument there. Then again, no one has put me on any list of "Most Beautiful People" of any sort.

    Dena: Its mean and small spirited. That's part of what's wrong with the body politic today.

    As for Dena's complaint, yeah - you're right. It's a little snarky. Then again, it's the weekend. I've certainly written plenty of thoughtful items about the politics and policy of Gordon Smith.

    Dena: If I want to read posts like this or the responses that follow, I'll blow some time on Perez or Wonkette.

    Which is sort of the point, right? If you don't want to read this post, don't read it.

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    "Which is sort of the point, right? If you don't want to read this post, don't read it."

    Touche Kari. I don't mind snark here and again. Just some of the follow up responses rubbed me the wrong way. Ironically, I felt a little protective of you. Not that you needed nor asked for protection. So on with the games.

  • Rick Hunter (unverified)
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    [Off-topic insults deleted. -editor.]

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    As Dena says, Kari doesn't really need protecting or defending. He is, after all, more than capable of doing that for himself.

    Can anybody confirm how fat Kari really is?

    It's an old pic, Harry. I have no idea why he doesn't replace it with a more current one, but that's his choice and I presume he has a good reason for it. He'd certainly not be the first person to deliberately use a less-than-glamorous pic for unfiltered public consumption.

    Suffice to say that if you were inclined to stalk Kari then he's pretty safe if that pic is your only clue what he looks like.

  • Mike (unverified)
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    You know what would be more interesting than celebrating Smith's failure to break the 50 most gorgeous people in DC? His top 10 crap votes in the past 6 years.

    That would be a rich target that we could then send out to our friends who are Oregon voters.

    I wonder if it would become the most e-mailed blog post at blueOregon ever?

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    Rick Hunter, you must be the classiest guy ever to post here. I mean, such insight, such wit, such... coolness. And what a great name, just made for TV. Your parents must be very proud. Ya know, you should have your own TV Show. On Fox. It's the perfect fit.

  • Unrepentant Liberal (unverified)
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    Maybe Gordon's off the "hot" list because he has that lingering smell of dead Salmon from the Kalamath River die-off trailing behind him.

  • Rick Hunter (unverified)
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    Hey now, class begets class...I'm just letting the hypocrisy inspire me here.

    Kari IS a fat ass (at least according to his own comments above and his profile picture, which may or may not be current), and yet he and Blue Oregon love to make fun of people's weight issues (Billy Dalto, Wayne Scott, now Gordon Smith?!?). That's just awesome.

    Maybe you can explain it to me Glen ol' buddy...I thought you folks supported the concept of making obesity a protected class under disability and/or discrimination laws. At the very least, it's insensitive and politically incorrect to make fun of fat people, right? But it's okay as long as you're making fun of Republicans...

    Where does it stop? Is it okay to make anti-gay slurs as long as you stick to gay Republicans? Is it okay to blog using racist slurs as long as you're talking about Condi Rice or Clarence Thomas?

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    This has come up repeatedly since the stupidly weird application of the term to Hillary Clinton, in response to other stupid misogynist weirdness, no doubt. You've finally broken me.

    So here goes: personally I don't find the concept of cojones all that appealing. As a way to describe some good qualities, there are better alternatives that don't end up praising the drawbacks of machismo.

    But if you must use it, at least have the agudeza to spell it right, for pity's sake.

    FWIW, cajon means crate or drawer, according to the University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary.

    I thought you folks supported the concept of making obesity a protected class under disability and/or discrimination laws. At the very least, it's insensitive and politically incorrect to make fun of fat people, right? But it's okay as long as you're making fun of Republicans...

    Note the SOP: make shit up about what all "liberals/Democrats" are supposed to think, believe or have as a motive, criticize for hypocrisy for failing to conform to made up image, rinse, repeat.

    Rick, this isn't "our" hypocrisy, it's your mistaken overgeneralization. Your adeptness at making or perceiving that distinction betokens the degree of your intellectual honesty.

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    Personally I doubt the "hot list" matters much to Gordon, at least in election years. As far as I can tell, becoming a "bipartisan" seems to entail doing your best to look like Mr. Rogers. Am I wrong about the sweaters?

    I like Mike's idea. We should figure out some way to make a contest out of it, maybe extra points for identifying crap votes not duplicated more than twice on other people's lists? and then have a vote for top ten.

  • Sam Geggy (unverified)
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    Does that include only currently-active and elected? Define the parameters. Guilty admission: GUILTILY piqued by this lowbrow silliness. What is to happen to my inflated sense of being a person of seriousity?

    Groan.

  • Sam Geggy (unverified)
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    Does that include only currently-active and elected? Define the parameters. Guilty admission: GUILTILY piqued by this lowbrow silliness. What is to happen to my inflated sense of being a person of seriousity?

    <h2>Groan.</h2>

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