Forget coattails, a female politician is hoping to ride German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plunging neckline to power. Vera Lengsfeld faces a tough parliamentary election in a lefty district of Berlin, so she has attempted to align herself with the chancellor, a fellow member of the Christian Democratic Union -- not by way of, say, parallel political experience or polices, but rather similarly large mammaries. Her new campaign poster features a photo of Merkel wearing the low-cut dress that caused a furor last year during her appearance at the opera alongside a cheesy portrait of Lensgeld revealing her own wealth of cleavage. Across the chancellor's chest it teases: "We have more to offer."
I'm not scandalized by the fact of female politicos with secondary sexual characteristics. Merkel has topped Forbes' list of the world's most powerful women three years in a row -- clearly her ample breasts, which she dares show every once in a while, don't negate her formidable global influence. I'm fairly sure, however, that Merkel didn't use her breasts to get that enduring power. Lengsfeld claims to have gotten what she wanted from this publicity stunt -- it spurred 17,000 visits to her Web site, she says -- but what are the chances it will ultimately pay off? Maybe an ice cube's chance in Merkel's bra.