Last week the big palate cleanser was the “tanning mom.” This week, it’s this. The news gods work in mysterious ways, my friends.

She’s a bona fide online sensation today, mostly for obvious reasons but partly due to the gut-punch effect. It’s one thing to see a woman like this at an awards show, when you’re mentally prepared for it. But when a sex bomb of this magnitude gets dropped at a presidential debate on an unsuspecting audience, the devastation is total. No man made it out unscathed:

“Unbelievably, to be honest. At the beginning I was quite shocked, I thought it was a trap from the (other) candidates,” said Gabriel Quadri, the 2012 Presidential candidate from the “Nueva Alianza” political party, in Spanish to ADNpolitico.com

“Yes, a beautiful usher who to be completely honest deserves my admiration and who left all the male candidates of the debate breathless,” he continued in Spanish…

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda, who is also a New York University professor, tweeted “The best was the girl in white and the cleavage at the beginning.”

Mexico’s election commission later apologized for the casualties:

At the start of Sunday night’s debate, Orayen walked in front of the camera to hand out cards to the four candidates, and created an immediate stir on online social media…

While many Mexicans celebrated Orayen, others condemned the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) for the incident, saying it had undermined the seriousness of the debate.

The IFE later issued a statement apologizing to the citizens of Mexico and the candidates for the “production error associated with the dress of an assistant.”

Said the one woman candidate onstage, “I was surprised, and I [thought], ‘Well, what sort of event are we attending here?'” Yeah, whatever you think of the model, this is an awfully bad note on which to start a debate in which one of the participants is trying to become the country’s first woman president.

Watch that one guy’s head turn at eight seconds in.