We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Charisma is part of many politicians' success and being visually attractive is usually one component. Being ordinary-to-ugly worked against Bob Dole; being good-looking pretty much elected John Kennedy. Richard Nixon in '68 became one of few unattractive men to be elected President.
Mark M ... I was just going to say 'bless your heart' and pass over your comment about women always voting for the better looking candidate. But i can't do that. Fuzzy generalizations will always trip you up eventually, and this one just has. You say "women are just wired to think that looks are more important than the substance of a person." Very superficial, Mark. The first President I voted for was Dwight D. Eisenhower -- an impressive man, who won the Second World War and saved us from German domination and mistreatment. And Dwight, for all his splendid attributes, was quite ordinary looking. I picked him because he was a hero, as I revered Winston Churchill. Both were the non-quitters. They doubled down when the going got rough and fought through to victory. As Winston so memorably said to the Brits during the Blitz 'Never, never, never, never, never give up." I respect and adore both men -- not for their looks, but for their unshakable character and determination.