Politicians are inherently uncool. In good times, they tell you what you want to hear, they’re afraid to be edgy, to be real, to tell hard truths. In this caustically partisan moment, politicians lie brazenly and proudly, as if flaunting the truth to win votes is what they’re in office to do. Well, some do. The men on this list buck the trend by telling hard truths and openly disagreeing with the powers that be. Does that make one cool? Not necessarily. But these are also men with records, conviction, and who happily talk about the joys and difficulties of being fathers. It’s a way of politicking that gets our vote.