I’m sorry, but that meme was just too funny to ignore, ethics or not. I’d like to think even Fetterman would appreciate it.
But that’s it for me. Mocking a political figure based on his or her appearance is the ultimate ad hominem attack, and there’s no excuse for it. The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news source that has made useful contributions to public awareness when the mainstream media is in the process of burying a story that hurts its mission, ran a story yesterday headlined,
“John Fetterman Wears Suit to Capitol, Looks Terrible….like a funeral home director on trial for desecrating a corpse (multiple counts)“
I wonder: when did the Free Beacon start hiring 14-year-olds on its staff? No doubt about it, Fetterman is hideous, but that has absolutely no relevance to his competence, character, or fitness to be a U.S. Senator. Given the degree of “lookism” at work in political success, his rise is even impressive: a face and form like his is a major handicap to overcome. The majority of U.S. Senators, at least the white males, have a GQ cookie-cutter look. This guy is typical; can you identify him?
He probably went though high school as Class President and prom king, and loved getting his picture taken. Men who look like him have an instant advantage virtually from infancy. It’s a reasonable assumption that John Fetterman received no such boost from photogenic features. You would think, would you not, that after all these years of progressives taking cheap shots at Donald Trump for his hair, his skin hue and his weight, and similar appearance-based attack on Rush Limbaugh for decades, conservatives would have rejected this tactic as the gutter-level incivility that it is. And you would be wrong.
If you want a scary member of Congress, I give you the leader of the Republican Radicals post-Civil War, Thaddeus Stevens:
That face has lived in my nightmares ever since I first saw it in the fifth grade. Tommy Lee Jones played Stevens in “Lincoln,” the only time in his career that Jones was too good looking for a role.
Was Abraham Lincoln easier on the eyes than Fetterman?
I don’t know; we’re used to Abe. He was certainly ridiculed for his looks throughout his life. LBJ was hardly a looker either…
Of course Democrats preferred to have Kennedy as their nominee for POTUS in 1960 rather than the more substantive, accomplished Senator from Texas.
Fetterman’s cognitive problems are fair game for criticism and mockery, because they are relevant to his ability to fulfill his duties as Senator. His looks, alarming as they are, ought to be off limits.
The Golden Rule governs in these matters..