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Huckabee in for a Trim

Mike Huckabee gets ready to be cut short. (Reuters).

By Libby Copeland
DES MOINES -- Mike Huckabee got a haircut this afternoon.

Ordinarily, this might not be such a big deal, but this is Iowa three days before the caucuses, and the campaign put it on their calendar. Besides, Huckabee had just held an unusual press conference in which he announced a sudden decision not to air an attack ad against one of his Republican opponents, Mitt Romney.

So, about 35 reporters, photographers, and television people crowded into a small barber shop meant to hold about four people, prompting a madcap scene involving looming boom mikes, a falling tape-recorder and photographers jostling behind a man holding a straight razor to the chin of a presidential candidate.

Huckabee was greeted at the door of the Executive Forum Barbershop in downtown Des Moines by owner Scott Sales, who has groomed him once before and plans on caucusing for him Thursday night.

"Careful, I'm wired," said Sales, who had been miked by a local television station in anticipation of the big event.

"Are you with the FBI?" joked Huckabee. "Am I going to be waterboarded or just get a haircut?"

"Uh, just a haircut," Sales replied, after pausing uncertainly.

In fact, the lengthy haircut and shave looked quite soothing -- what could be seen of it through the crowd. There was even a neck massage. At one point, a satisfied "Mmmm" could be heard from the direction of the barber chair.

Huckabee and Sales made chit-chat about the perils of jogging in the winter, and about Sales' mom. Huckabee told the shoe-shine guy, who was polishing his black cowboy boots, about the days when barbers performed surgery and used to hang bloody towels outside their shops. The shoe-shine guy looked rapt.

"Can you tell us why you decided to pull that television ad?" asked TV newswoman Judy Woodruff, looking rather well-coifed herself.

"Just didn't feel right about it, Judy," Huckabee said as his hair was being combed.

"You should've seen the ad I wanted him to run," said the barber.

The press corps did take a brief break from asking questions when Huckabee's face was covered by a hot towel.

The cost: $32 for the haircut and shave. Huckabee left $60.

A reporter asked Huckabee how he felt as he left.

"Groomed," he replied.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 31, 2007; 6:25 PM ET
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"It appears in the final moments before the polls, Iowa voters are looking for a candidate with integrity rather than money."

So they went for the only candidate in the election with mutliple ethics violations? Riiigggghtttt.... And yes, that absolutely is Mike Huckabee, who rivals only Rudy Giuliani in inappropriate professional behavior.

Mike Huckabee is a total fraud. He's not a conservative. He has a horrible fiscal record. He tries to play himself off as a tax cutter when he increased the tax burden by 47%. And he fought pretty bitterly illegal immigration opponents....until he wanted to get elected.

Don't even strut around saying Romney lacks integrity. The Huckster is just that: a total huckster.

Posted by: cheyennepress | January 5, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Recent Iowa polls just released show Mike Huckabee now taking a commanding 2 to 1 lead over Mitt Romney. Iowa voters appearently are very impresed with Mike Huckabee's integrity to not release a negative ad after all.

Mike Huckabee is on a direct course to lead America to higher ground with a new American spirit.

In the heartland of Iowa, especially in Iowa integrity is a huge plus for a presidential candidate.

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | January 1, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't count on Americans rejecting the "hee ha mentality" of Mike Huckabee just yet.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Iowa poll numbers are starting to emerge with Mike Huckabee 2 to 1 over Mitt Romney. It appears in the final moments before the polls, Iowa voters are looking for a candidate with integrity rather than money.

Posted by: d_shoup | January 1, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Just give the Election to Hiliary. Americans reject the hee ha mentality of Mike Huckabee.

The Democrats will have a field day with him. Why do you think the News Papers don't challenge him. This is kind of a loose/loose for good christian folks.

Posted by: mww7786 | January 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's a bet I would take, Huckabee could come and say that Canada was on our southern border, and that Frenchmen are more likely to cause the next war than anyone else, and his evangelical base would only go down 1 or 2 pts. This guy could streak through his hotel and he would still pull off a close 2nd place in Iowa. Scary huh?

Posted by: montrealslim2002 | January 1, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I like Mike, but I love Fair Tax.I also love it when those posters use words like "corporate" and 'bushy crime family'. It shows so much insight! HaHa
Been watching cadidates get haircuts for 48 years, that I was old enough to notice.

Posted by: dterraman | January 1, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

i suppose some of you like it more when the likes of kerry takes Johnie for a haircut or maybe when Hillary does Obama's?
playing the record backwards we already know the Paul is dead;
well at this juncture i would just soon avoid a H.W. clinton in office and,

I LIKE MIKE !!!!!!!



some of you sound like someone's got yer
goat, or whatever.


love and peace,
peace and love,
(kirk) kirk gregory czuhai
Church of God, Jesus Christ, and,
the Holy Spirit
have a good one !!!!!!!

Posted by: lovekgc | January 1, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Why does this article exist?

How about some substantial background on Huckabee? He made Judicial Watch's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2007 list, and we get to hear about his hair cut!

Posted by: spambin | January 1, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Just a little off the horns, and the goatee is starting to show, shave it back!

Posted by: rat-the | December 31, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who is creepier, the corporate snake-oil salesman who will sell you what ever you want to hear with a smile and marketing campaign or the Huckster preacher who thinks waterboarding prisoners is a joke. McCain is damaged goods, he's spent too many years mumbling yes sir to the Bush crime family to have any credibility. The Republicans will pay dearly for embracing an evangelical corporate takeover of the federal government. It has been a total disaster and they will be held accountable. Good grief, what a sad bunch!

Posted by: thebobbob | December 31, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Is there any earthly reason why this is here? Is this some odd lifestyle magazine or something?

Is there any chance the WaPo could finally decide to do some real reporting and ask the candidates some real questions about the flaws in their policies?

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | December 31, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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