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Now those are some impressive breasts!

Alabama gubernatorial candidate gets busty boost.
Happy Friday, the traditional day for silly and/or overly personal blogging.

In keeping with that tradition, here's a bit of inside baseball. Michael, the technical guru who makes AlterNet tick, recently added a new feature: writers can now see, instantly, how many hits each blog post gets.

And just like Pavlov's dogs, the system's trained me to be acutely aware of what kind of titles garner the most hits. Since the new feature was added, I've been thinking about the perfect title for a post, the one that would bring a tidal wave of page views and the adulation of my peers.

I decided that the best title for a post --traffic-wise -- would be: "Now those are some impressive breasts!" And I've been waiting for a story to fit ever since.

Well, here it is, courtesy of Pam's House Blend:
The governor's race in Alabama sure is getting interesting. The Libertarian Party has selected Loretta Nall as its candidate and she's getting a lot of attention, and surprise, it's not all about the issues.
That's right. It's all about the boobage.

Pam notes that Roy Moore, the nutty "Ten Commandments judge," is also in the race along with "former governor Don Siegelman, who is being tried on racketeering charges." Gotta love Alabama.

Nall's running on "drug policy and prison reform, tax cuts for private and home school families, repealing sales tax on food, non-compliance with the Patriot and REAL ID Acts, calling for Alabama National Guard troops to be brought home from Iraq, separation of religion and government, legal lottery and casino gambling run by private enterprise, and the promotion and development of alternative fuel sources so that Alabama can begin to decrease its dependence on foreign oil." Nall's also the founder of the U.S. Marijuana Party.

She'll do great with that in the buckle of the Bible-belt.

If you're wondering about the whole booby thing, the well-endowed gubernatorial candidate had to put up with two guys named Bob who are fixated on Ms. Nall's breasticles -- and not even nude ones -- it doesn't take much in God's country.
Bob #1 is editor of the The Montgomery Independent, Bob Martin, He chose a picture of Ms. Nall that showed some cleavage (the picture above) to accompany Bob #2's -- Bob Ingram's -- column on Alabama politics.

Ingram blushed terribly upon seeing that teeny tiny amount of skin, and opined about it the following week:
In 55 years of political writing, that was a first for me---a picture in my column of a woman displaying cleavage. I can only hope that my mother…and I know for a fact where she ended in the after life…didn't see that column. She wouldn't have approved of that picture.
To which Nall replied in a letter to the Independent:
While I missed the first column I happened to catch the second one containing Mr. Ingram's apparent surprise at discovering the fact that I have breasts. GASP!
…It was quite shocking to me to see my breasts being discussed in the context of my gubernatorial election campaign and by a highly respected political columnist. Why, I'm even thinking of changing my campaign slogan to "Less Bob….More Boob!" […]
On the up side, my web traffic has been through the roof….I guess nothing drives people to [a] website quite like a shot at seeing some high profile boobies. If nothing else, you have secured me the "horny guy" vote that exists among your readers.
Is she awesome, or what?

Anyway, if you have any killer good titles put 'em in the comments and I'll keep my eye out for blog-worthy tidbits that fit (I suspect this is the way the New York Post decides what to cover).
Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer.
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