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A Look That Seems to Be Growing on Us

Left to right: Eric Holder (Susan Walsh/AP Photo); David Axelrod (John Gress for The Washington Post); Henry Waxman (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

The mustache is back! Washington suddenly has the most impressive display of upper lip talent since ... John Bolton dined alone.

D.C.'s private sector has always sported some formidable mustaches (columnist Tom Friedman, Redskins Hall of Famer Art Monk) but political types have traditionally opted for a clean shave. Now the old-school look is getting new life from Barack Obama's insiders: Eric Holder, the likely attorney general pick, and senior adviser David Axelrod.

Holder gets kudos for his neat, clipped cut; he would be the first AG with a mustache in almost 100 years. Axelrod's shaggy crop is another story -- it's described as sad, droopy and even, according to Britain's Telegraph, "lugubrious."

The 'stache went totally A-list last week when Rep. Henry Waxman was elected the new chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Waxman's short, military brush has terrified Capitol Hill for years and earned its own nickname -- "Mustache of Justice" -- with a line of magnets, mugs and buttons.

John Bolton (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

How powerful? Stephen Colbert teased D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton that she ranked below the "House speaker, majority leader, congressional pages, tourists and Henry Waxman's mustache."

By The Reliable Source  |  November 25, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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