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“James Comey is the sex sym­bol Amer­ica needs right now,” reads a Daily Beast head­line, in­spired by the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor’s re­cent tes­ti­mony be­fore the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee.

“He’s hand­some, and as with all sex sym­bols — both the un­likely ones and the ob­vi­ous ones — he em­bod­ies cer­tain qual­i­ties in so­ci­ety that we all lust af­ter: in­tegrity, emo­tional com­plex­ity, and quiet but cer­tain con­fi­dence,” writes re­porter Lizzie Crocker. “That com­bined with his im­pos­ing phys­i­cal stature gives him the same al­lur­ing mas­culin­ity as sex sym­bols like Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prej­u­dice (par­tic­u­larly Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s Pride and Prej­u­dice).”

Mr. Comey also in­spired some cu­ri­ous cre­ativ­ity among some jour­nal­ists.

“One af­ter the other, left-lean­ing me­dia out­lets fea­tured pieces com­par­ing for­mer FBI di­rec­tor James Comey’s al­leged treat­ment at the hands of Pres­i­dent Trump to that of a fe­male vic­tim be­ing sex­u­ally ha­rassed by a male su­pe­rior,” writes Bre­it­ an­a­lyst Aaron Klein, who cited ex­am­ples in USA To­day, The New York Times and the New York Daily News.

Talk ra­dio king­pin Rush Lim­baugh was in­cred­u­lous about the cov­er­age.

“This is the kind of thing we used to do par­o­dies of. This is the kind of thing we used to make jokes about,” Mr. Lim­baugh told his lis­ten­ers Mon­day.

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