During the Democratic National Convention, Twitter went a little crazy discovering that boring Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine actually used to be ridiculously hot. And it’s true — time is a tricky beast. All politicians used to be young, and many of them even used to be attractive. I’m not including any Presidents in this list because I’ve already done that to perfection, so here are the 12 politicians who never ascended to the top of the Executive Branch who once managed broken hearts instead of broken budgets.
1) Tim Kaine
Wow. Who knew? Soft-spoken Nice Dad Tim Kaine used to be achingly hot. Did all of our dads look like this when they were young? Is this what is lurking beneath the veneer of every middle-aged soccer coach? Does Tim Kaine ever look in the mirror and say to himself, “Tim, you used to be so hot”? Life really is full of mysteries.
2) Joe Biden
Let’s be real, our Vice President is still adorable (especially when he and Barack are making friendship bracelets for each other). But young JB was a straight-up heartthrob. Twitter is full of young women fangirling over young Joe Biden and wondering why nobody has invented time travel yet.
3) Hillary Clinton
I’m of the opinion that if elected, Hillary will be the most adorable president in US history. But when she was a young woman, she was absolutely beautiful. She’s a little mysterious, bookish, and had the strongest of brows. Gazing off into the distance, we can clearly see her future as the leader of the free world in her eyes.
4) John McCain
I never thought I’d say this, but John McCain was hot. I feel like this photo might be a little inappropriate because it was taken while he was a Prisoner of War, but it’s the best young picture I could find of him. Also, in my defense, he WAS hot.
5) New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
I expected good things, face-wise, from young Cory Booker and I am not disappointed. If he wasn’t hot I would have been shocked.
6) Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
She looks a bit like Michelle Williams, right?! Elizabeth Warren was definitely pretty enough to star on Dawson’s Creek. She still looks about ten years younger than her age so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this.
7) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I am speechless. I don’t even know what to say. I already knew RBG was a genius and one of the most badass women to ever live but I never knew she was also heart-stoppingly beautiful.
8) Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
Granholm was a pageant queen when she was young and this photo is from when she appeared on The Dating Game in 1978. Ten years later, she would graduate with a law degree from Harvard with honors, making Jennifer Granholm the original Elle Woods.
9) Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Eric Cantor served as a representative from Virginia’s 7th Congressional district for 13 years, acting as Minority Whip and then Majority Leader before losing his primary bid for reelection in 2014. He was the only non-Christian Republican Congressman at the time of his retirement, which is a pretty boss accomplishment. I never would have thought in a bajillion years that he looked like that in high school. Time is a bitch.
10) Dick Cheney
I want to die even typing this, but there was a time in 1956 where Dick Cheney was pretty cute. God help me.
11) Mitt Romney
As far as people who want to take away my rights go, Mitt Romney is a pretty cute one. He seems pretty nice too, even though he named his son Tagg and that’s mean.
12) Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
Brian Sandoval looks like the villain in a ‘70s high school movie because he’s too preppy, perfect, and disco-loving for the lovable rock ‘n roll loser protagonist.
Which politician do you think is hot? Did I miss any political hotties? This is a subject near and dear to my heart so if I missed any good ones please tweet them at me @erikaheidewald!