'Red Eye' Debates Krystal Ball And Double Standards For Attractive Female Politicians (VIDEO)
by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 18th 2010 3:48PM
Krystal Ball, a long-shot Democratic candidate running for U.S. Congress in Virgina's First District, gained national notoriety after six-year-old pictures of her at a Halloween party simulating fellatio on a sex toy attached to her then-boyfriend's nose surfaced on the Internet.
Over the past week, Ball has been on television addressing the controversy, and arguing that since the nude photo shoot Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown did for Cosmo magazine when he was younger didn't end up hurting his candidacy, in a fair world, her racy photos shouldn't hurt hers.
Picking up on this, the 'Red Eye' (weeknights, 3 AM on Fox News) gang discussed whether attractive female politicians like Ball are held to a higher standard than men or frumpier women politicians.
"I think this helps her . . . " said Monica Crowley. "Of course the issues are important, blah blah blah . . . but seeing this woman scantily-clad doing the little nasty on the sex toy . . . it garners her national attention, she was all over Fox News today, and she is adorable, she looks like Demi Moore."
"I think she's whining," opined Greg Gutfeld. "Attraction cuts both ways, it gets you to places, maybe people think of you less like as an intellectual; You get more out of it than you lose."
Attraction does seem to cut both ways for women (and probably men) in politics, so it's hard to quantify whether it hurts or helps. But there is little doubt that if your parents give you a name like 'Krystal Ball,' you may well have problems getting taken seriously later in life, regardless of what profession you chose to pursue.