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Romney: Hair for America

The buzz on the campaign trail is that Mitt Romney has already won ...

Is Mitt Romney's perfect hair a political asset?

...The hair primary, that is.

If hair matters in 2008, the former Massachusetts governor has all but locked up the "Hairbelt" vote. (We certainly can't see the hair vote going to the likes of such follicly challenged candidates as John McCain or Rudy Giuliani.)

Romney and his well-coifed campaign aides are going all out to woo Hairbelt voters, wherever they may be. As one aide joked, they may need to change their campaign slogan to "Team Romney: Well Coifed for America."

Romney, his chief spokesman, Kevin Madden, and his new deputy campaign manager, Jason Roe, all have nearly identical "just-so" hairdos fit for the cover of a box of men's hair product. You know, the kind of hair that couldn't get tussled in a category four hurricane.

Check out Jason Roe's hair. Hint: He's the one on the left. (Courtesy Roe)

Roe jokes, "Serious times deserve serious hair." Roe, a big proponent of the hair caucus, argues that in "inheriting the Reagan mantle, Romney has the Reaganesque hair."

And by the way, Roe adds, "As a conservative, I part my hair on the right."

Romney parts his on the left, not that there's anything wrong with that. And Madden, he's also a bit of a leftie when it comes to hair. Though he swears he doesn't blow dry, use product or "do a thing to it." But we digress.

The whole hair issue has actually become a topic of serious discussion within the Romney campaign. Forget about whether his Mormon faith might be an issue with voters. The Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago that an internal Romney campaign document agonized over whether the candidate's hair is "too perfect."

Ironically, the document was written by the flip-flop wearing GOP political strategist Alex Castellanos -- yet another serious hair contender, though without the "product" look that Romney, Roe and Madden (though he denies it) have. Let's just call him Exhibit D in Romney's Campaign du Coif.

One liberal political blog -- Swiftspeech -- lampooned Romney recently by running a photo of the former governor with his face blurred, leaving only his perfect hair, with the blaring headline: "Romney's Hair Runs for President."

Kevin Madden (Courtesy Romney campaign)

Madden, the campaign spokesman, can only take the hair joke so far. There's more to Romney than just hair, darnit!

"Pardon the use of clichés," Madden says, "but we're going to 'brush aside' the hair vote and instead 'comb' the electorate for voters who care about a more 'permanent' set of policy issues."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 20, 2007; 11:45 AM ET
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With all due respect Mary Ann Akers should ask the Romney folks or Valerie Plame for some hair style advice. Ms. Akers photo reveals a really dreadful unflattering look. If she plans on continuing to write these shallow columns she should be prepared to listen when others turn their similar attention back to her.

Posted by: R. Kling | March 20, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I disagree. Mary Ann Akers has a smart, pixie look. Have you seen her on TV? She looked great and so did her hair! She is a cutie, definitely one of the better looking reporters i have seen on TV.
While Romney may have good hair, he doesn't really have much to say at this point... look at the whole thing that happened in Florida. Is he really ready for prime time? Maybe just his hair is.

Posted by: dc grrl | March 20, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Romney's hair has emerged as a tongue-in-cheek campaign issue after all the brouhaha over Hillary's hairband in 1992 (which appeared to be serious). Maybe we are making progress after all.

Posted by: Marie | March 20, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Underneath that hair, Willard Mitt Romney is just another empty suit spinning faster than an Olympic figure skater on amphetamines.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 20, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaargh! Another pointless column! Are you trying to torture us? Make it stop! MAke it stop!

Posted by: John Dope | March 20, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I saw Mitt Romney drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vic's....

Posted by: parker91 | March 20, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

yeah, hair columns are what we end up with when we start campaigning 2 YEARS before the election...

Posted by: jj | March 20, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Romney's aide's cutesiness may itself be a campaign cliche in part, but the usages are *puns*, not cliches (though "brush aside" may count as both).

Posted by: anon | March 20, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed how Romney bears a striking resemblance to "B" movie actor, Bruce Campbell? Maybe if the hair doesn't get him to the White House, Romney can star in a re-make of "Army of Darkness."

Posted by: Mike | March 20, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

MAA is definitely a cutie.
to all you haters: you don't have to read the column. I, having a sense of humor, enjoy the break from the weighty issues of the world. the rest of you have that condescending snob - joel achenblog to read.

Posted by: DCDan | March 20, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

If bald is beautiful, which it is, Mr. Romney has a long way to go. Indeed, we at Bald Nation are considering a 24/7 picket.

Posted by: MDR | March 20, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The most profound thing you could mention about Mitt is his hair. I haven't seen anything else of substance about him.

Posted by: mikeasr | March 20, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Instead of knocking hack politicians for their lack of style take a page out of Aesop: "Physician heal thyself." Or if the Holy Bible is your groove, "People who live in glass houses..." In short, you need a new do, babe. Or at least post a different photo. And while you´re at it, here´s an idea. Why not write a column on the dogs of various politicians. Kinda like, as Shakespeare put it, "Cry havoc and unleash the dogs of war."

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 2:17 AM | Report abuse

An entire column on the 'hair' primary and no mention of John Edwards? Even with that hilarious video circulating on You Tube? Do the Democrats really want to talk about this?

Posted by: Mark | March 21, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I guess the pressure to fill column inches with vapid idiocy in the absence of news or intelligent commentary is just too great. Akers's time would be better spent learning how to raise parakeets.

As whether Mitt Romney drank a Pina Colada: I think I'm fairly safe in saying that such a thing is impossible. No Mormon as prominent as he is, and who has lived his whole life as a member in good standing, would be stupid enough to do this. Trust me.

Posted by: Eichendorff | March 21, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Akers, This is a waste of space! maybe you should try a different venue for your style of writting.

Posted by: tperry | March 21, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

If he's trying for the Reagan effect, is he going to go prematurely orange?

Posted by: b | March 21, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Mike said "The most profound thing you could mention about Mitt is his hair. I haven't seen anything else of substance about him."

What a crock, this man has a life history of accomplishment that very few people on this earth can achieve. From his schooling, to his business career, to his public life, this man is full of accomplishment.

Posted by: ben | March 21, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Is Romney the "hair apparent" to Bush? :)

Posted by: wrigleywrat | March 21, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Romney will make a great President in 2008. I would vote for him even if he were bald. Our country is in dire need of a turnaround, and that is exactly what Romney is best at. He made half a billion on his own, then fixed the olympics, now he can fix our situation as the worlds most hated country. Go Romney!

Posted by: Tyson | March 21, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

On the sudject of hair.... anynone notice that global warming has added a LOT of hair to Al Gore?

Posted by: John d Beam | March 22, 2007 5:15 AM | Report abuse

My fellow voters from Massachusetts know exactly what Mitt is like -- he'll tell you anything to get your vote and then changes positions with his audience. Whether he has hair or is bald, I wouldn't vote for him.

Posted by: Patricia | March 22, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

We do not need a another religious president in the white house! Romney is not good for this country?? The mormon church is hopng that he gets elected along with all their sheeps. Romney -NOT!!!!!!

Posted by: not mormon | March 22, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) headed by Howard Dean does not want to deal with Romney. Just Google smooth talking Mitt and see what pops up. The Democrats are scared! Their list of objections to Mitt are so wimpy as to actually be to his benefit. besides, my teenage son knows that "Hair Rules".

Posted by: Idahoan | March 22, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please tell Ms. Akers to take a deep breath and call it a day. She's getting pathetic.

Posted by: Johnny D | March 23, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd think that Ms. Aker's should be more concerned with Mitt Romney's faith and it's values rather than Mr. Romney's hair.

I think that Mr. Romney lives his faith. That's more than I can say for the other 2008 front runners- especially HIllary Clinton. I'd rather vote for a man with hair AND steadfast faith than others whose follicles seem to have collapsed.

Flip-flopping on issues? The last time I checked, we as Americans have a right to change our minds on serious issues of the day. Even the Founders changed their minds. For example, most who sign the Declaration of Independence had, at least initially, hoped for reconciliation with England. As history shows, they changed their tune and the Declaration was passed. I could sight other examples of many of our great leaders who had changes of mind and heart on the issues of their days.

In short, I wish that Ms.Akers would have written something of substance about Mr. Romney- with a little guidance from history.

Posted by: robfromhc | March 23, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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