HOT OR NOT? A reliable G.O.P. source sends in this e-mail from "a colleague ... in Iowa" who "just went to see Mitt Romney speak. This is from her, and a piece of campaign literature she picked up at the event:

His promotional flyer says, "In this media-driven age, Romney begins with a decisive advantage. First, he has sensational good looks. People magazine named him one of the 50 most beautiful people in America. Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Romney has jet-black hair, graying naturally at the temples. Women -- who will play a critical role in this coming election -- have a word for him: hot."

I don't even know where to begin. If Democratic campaign consultants can't figure out how to have a field day with this, they all ought to just hang up their cleats and go home. My source says this was definitely from campaign literature, not from someone's personal pro-Romney flyer project.

UPDATE: O.K., this turns out to be less interesting than it first appeared. The material on the flyer handed out by the Romney campaign was not written by the Romney campaign. It's from this story. Still, it's the vision of Romney that they're flacking, and it was apparently presented in such a way that the origins of the passage were confusing to the highly educated Iowa Republican correspondent of my G.O.P. source.

--Garance Franke-Ruta

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