OK, I am seriously ticked off at Congress for their naked political play to add the Keystone pipeline rider to the payroll extension bill. It is so damned obvious, bare knuckled politics. The best way to go for Obama is to not approve it, noting that the State Department won't approve it anyway if the proper environmental studies aren't finished, and so if he DID approve it and they didn't, there wouldn't be any pipeline anyway -- and rushing the approval process is a virtual guarantee of a thumbs-down from State. Now, the rude-as-nude GOP would try to spin the non-approval as an economy drag, and a capitulation to environmentalists, and that might play in the Heartland, but Obama needs votes in a lot of states (like California) where Keystone disapproval will play well widely. If he approves it, he loses a lot of votes of environmentally-minded independents. Now, given the intransigence of the GOP and the disaster that electing a Republican president in this environment would precipitate, I don't believe that most voters who recognize this danger would abandon the Prez even if he approves Keystone, but I also think that they (like me) would be much happier if he didn't.
So I really don't want to improve the approval ratings of the dismal GOP in Congress, but if that had to be done, electing a very gorgeous female representative who includes a Playboy appearance on her list of qualifications, such as just happened in Russia, might kick their percentage points up a few notches.
I've got to fix the headline a little; those who pose in Playboy are not by definition "bunnies".
Vladimir Putin appoints Playboy model Maria Kozhevnikova to Parliament
Now, I don't know exactly how the Russian system works, but I think she actually got elected, not appointed. It could be that Putin appointed her to run for the seat as a representative of his party.
"Siberian hottie Maria Kozhevnikova, a member of Putin’s United Russia party, defended her boss days after winning a seat in Russian parliament to represent Tomsk."
Now, regarding the appearance in Playboy: searching reveals she did pose nude, i.e., without any clothes on, but strategic angles and artful placement of her blonde hair managed to prevent the exposure of those elements of the female physiology that would classify her as competely (alternatively, totally) nude. She's so beautiful and so fit it seems a shame that she couldn't just show her nipples too, but she didn't. Nonetheless, she's a fine-looking woman. I hope she will also be a credible representative of her constituents in Parliament.
Without much effort, all her pictures can be found, but I'll just provide a comely (and modest) picture of her.
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