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15 June 2011

posted by Orange Swan 15 June | 14:39
Id.Iot. He was smarmy from the jump. No way I'd vote for him.
posted by chewatadistance 15 June | 14:45
I think it is a little much to claim his eyes are "cold and dead" -- I don't see it -- but I agree that smiling seems really inappropriate under the circumstances.
posted by bearwife 15 June | 15:22
Looks normal to me.

Anyway, Edwards has got to be one of the biggest political disappointments during my lifetime. I voted for him in the primaries.
posted by mullacc 15 June | 16:28
posted by Orange Swan 15 June | 14:39

Quoted for truth.
posted by msali 15 June | 16:54
He's a ding-dong. Too bad, he's a good looking dude.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 15 June | 19:38
I voted for him in the primaries too. I had high hopes for him. I still want to kick him in the shins both for being a bastard to his sick wife AND for risking the election by running while he had such a ginormous skeleton in his closet.
posted by BoringPostcards 15 June | 19:54
I don't think his eyes are cold, either. He looks rather engaged. Probably his stock-face for every photo opportunity.
posted by redvixen 15 June | 21:36
I always thought he was a little insincere with the whole "daddy and the mi-yill" business. What's odd about these pictures is that these people have developed the default reaction of giving a fixed, broad, warm smile whenever a photo is taken - and don't seem to realize that the aesthetics are different for a mugshot.

On the other hand, you can't win. If they stared serious and deadpan that image would be read as a glimpse into their twisted, narcissistic minds. You might as well smile - at least you can control the image.
posted by Miko 15 June | 22:22
Agreeing with redvixen's 'stock face for photo-op' comment. It's just automatic, you know, with so many public figures, Hollywood stars, you name it.

Also, Miko is absolutely right, as well. The typical grim-faced mug shot will also be interpreted negatively. You can't win with a mug shot. As Paul Simon said to Mrs. Robinson, any way you look at it you lose.
posted by flapjax at midnite 15 June | 22:32
The local news includes mugshots in crime stories, and the most interesting recently was of a firefighter arrested for assault after an apparently one-sided fight in a bar's mens room. There's something about the "Who, Me?" expression on his face.
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Not something I'd recommended for an indicted politician.
posted by oneswellfoop 16 June | 00:41
He looks smarmy.
posted by deborah 16 June | 00:44
He looks smarmy.

Surely no smarmier than John Edwards!
posted by flapjax at midnite 16 June | 08:37
John Edwards is who I meant, flapjax. Sorry for the confusion!
posted by deborah 16 June | 15:01
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