Recently, a provocative article went viral positing that conservatives may be better looking than their liberal counterparts.
Based on a study in the Cambridge University Press journal, Politics and the Life Sciences, the article floats the notion that more attractive individuals are likely to report higher levels of political efficacy as conservatives or Republicans.
I tend to find conservatives better looking than liberals. And perhaps that's the "halo effect" discussed in the study's findings. Birds of a feather flock together.
But actually, my opinion is based on the fact that I believe the traits beneath our skin hold more value than what's on the surface. If the most good looking man on the planet were a leftist, I'd probably look at him more like durian fruit: intriguing on the outside but repugnant underneath. I find it quite difficult to separate a person's physical attractiveness from their political beliefs, because often those beliefs comport with a person's morals and value-set.
For instance, when I think of some of the most prominent liberal media commentators, Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, I don't have warm, fuzzy feelings about them. On the contrary, some of my favorite conservative commentators, Maria Bartiromo, Harris Faulkner, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bill Hemmer, Bret Baier, Brian Kilmeade (see how my list is longer...) stand out to me.
But it's not just about how they look. It's the words they speak, the intellect behind those words, and the ideology they carry in their hearts and daily lives that stands out.
It's true that there are intelligent people on both sides of the aisle. I found Alan Colmes to be an intellectually brilliant, on top of the fact that he was truly a kind person. I've also heard, and not just from liberals, that Rachel Maddow is in fact a really likable human being. I'll wait until I can personally vouch for that to solidify that opinion.
Bottom line is, I think many of us are a lot deeper than we might think. As conservatives, we find conservatives better looking because we associate feelings of attraction with their political beliefs, which often extends to our view of their morals. The same applies to liberals.
So maybe this study, at the end of the day, shows that we are a little less superficial than we think and don't place emphasis on awarding "good looks" based on just "looks" alone.