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As much as the title may suggest otherwise, this article is not about us crushing on a political progressive.

We’ve already come clean about the liberals we love, and there certainly aren’t enough of them around which to build a whole ‘nother post.

So why do we say we love a progressive girl if we really don’t? Well, like a lot of things in this world, the explanation’s in the capitalization.

We do love a Progressive girl – the girl in all the ads for Progressive Insurance.

Her “big tricked-out nametag” says her name is Flo, but in real life she’s Stephanie Courtney, actress extraordinaire.

Courtney has been in about a million other movies and shows, including AMC’s Mad Men. Still, nobody really noticed her until she started playing the part of “Flo,” a high-on-life cashier who sells Progressive Insurance with a conspiratorial zeal that makes us really want to compare car insurance premiums at

Or, alternatively, to rewind the commercials over and over again.

Seriously, if every company hired Courtney for their ads, the point of TIVO would be to fast-forward the shows instead of the commercials. But Progressive is, of course, ahead of the curve . . . it’s right there in the company’s name, people.

Flo’s fish-like appeal is impossible to convey . . . you really just have to see it for yourself.

Our fave?

Flo’s sex appeal has many baffled, including the actress who plays her.

“I don’t know what it is,” Courtney said recently. “The way I play her, she’s pretty much the most asexual thing on TV right now. I think the Geico lizard puts out more sexual vibes than Flo does.”