Vanity Fair’s Republican Beefcake Calendar

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(graphics credit: Vanity Fair, November 2010)
I acknowledge that I am often pretty dimwitted when it comes to American pop culture — and this may be another occasion. I seriously don’t get what Vanity Fair is trying to do with this calendar.
So, I throw the question up to readers:

What were they thinking at Vanity Fair? I really want to understand.

I look forward to reading your comments.
— Steve Clemons

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13 comments on “Vanity Fair’s Republican Beefcake Calendar

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  2. questions says:

    Jonathan Bernstein routinely hits it out of the park.
    Here’s one on Harry Reid….
    http://plainblogaboutpolitics.blogspot.com/2010/10/question-day-answers-2-senate-leaders.html
    And here is a link to a page of pdf links on Congress from Bernstein’s piece. Haven’t read the articles, but it looks good from a glance. Read about Congress and it’ll rock your world. Or something!
    http://www.bepress.com/forum/vol6/iss3/

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  3. questions says:

    Jonathan Bernstein routinely hits it out of the park.
    Here’s one on Harry Reid….
    http://plainblogaboutpolitics.blogspot.com/2010/10/question-day-answers-2-senate-leaders.html
    And here is a link to a page of pdf links on Congress from Bernstein’s piece. Haven’t read the articles, but it looks good from a glance. Read about Congress and it’ll rock your world. Or something!
    http://www.bepress.com/forum/vol6/iss3/

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  4. Don Bacon says:

    Boehner

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  5. drew says:

    It’s unfathomable, because I cannot recall any political satire or
    humor ever making a target of a man’s junk. I guess Larry Flynt
    used to do this, but this is the Hustlerization of VF.

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  6. nadine says:

    Steve, the Vanity Fair spread is the visual equivalent of calling voters dumb because they have failed to appreciate the awesomeness of one party Democratic rule. There’s been a lot of that going around.

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “It’d be nice if V.F. tried this route instead of the fameseeker, visual, silly, photoshopped, hint at widespread closeting, shallow read of the other-party leaders”
    “Sacks

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  8. DakotabornKansan says:

    POA, you have written about Emily Henochowiz

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  9. questions says:

    A far better thing to think about, and a far better way to treat political actors, and a far more interesting if sleepy-making nightstand occupant; also less likely to induce nightmares and indigestion….
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/books/28klopp.html?_r=1&hp
    It’d be nice if V.F. tried this route instead of the fameseeker, visual, silly, photoshopped, hint at widespread closeting, shallow read of the other-party leaders.
    Treat them as thinkers, read what they’ve read and written, see if you can find a worldview out there somewhere…..

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  10. paul_lukasiak says:

    It a comment on the kind of celebrity that Boehner is about to achieve when the GOP takes over the House. Boehner will become “flavor of the month” (as it were) in the media, the “sexy” story that will be featured on the cover of People, Time, and on all the cable shows.

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  11. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Bizarre. Utterly bizarre.
    The American political scene, and the media’s treatment of it, has become two of the symptom’s with which we can actually gauge just how fatally diseased our country has become.
    Perhaps it IS time to get rid of the crowd of proffessional politicians that have infected Washington DC with the malady known as “partisan politics” as it is now practiced. Let the dim-witted and buffoonish clowns like Palin, Angle, and O’Dingle have a go at it. I mean, how much worse, or weirder, can it get?
    Is this cover photo REALLY any more satirical than than what one can find on any given hour just be tuning into CNN, Fox, or MSNBC and viewing what they air 24/7, foisted off as “news” to the slobbering gullible masses? Or what we can hear on the AM radio just by tuning the dial to the likes of Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, or Dr. Micheal Savage (Whose REAL last name is Weiner???? Have you ever wanted to call in just to see how he’d react to you calling him “Doctor Weener”?)???
    So I say to Vanity Fair, “bring it on”. Covers like this one beat the shit out of seeing a photo of this slimey son of a bitch standing before Congress screwing the American people out of any respect or trust they once had in their government.
    Personally, I’d like to see Vanity Fair run a picture of Obama suckin’ Republican dick. (Why not Boehner’s??? I mean, isn’t there a simple justice in symbolism implied by the name?)Besides, its about time SOMEONE in the media got honest.

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  12. dirk says:

    Room for snark?!
    To show that his orange “tan” doesn’t go below his collar!
    To illustrate that there really is no BP-oil floating in the gulf!
    To float the idea that his last name should be spelled “boner”!
    To convey their wish for Boehner’s primary vocation after 2012.
    To finally present empirical evidence that Boehner really isn’t human since he doesn’t have a navel.

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  13. didactic says:

    the purpose of the republican beefcake calendar is to mock republicans. sort of a counter punch to vogue’s november spread on that *hot* ny congresschick kiki gillibrand.
    d

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