Saturday, July 21, 2007

Is America ready for a bald President?

By Libby

With Fred Thompson emerging as a front runner for the GOP candidacy and the media's obession with hair and makeup, I suppose it was inevitable that someone would notice Fred doesn't need to spend money on haircuts. Although it's a tongue-in-cheek piece, it does raise an interesting point. As KAL points out, "Not since 1956, when Dwight Eisenhower defeated an equally dome-headed Adlai Stevenson, has baldness prevailed in the presidential race."

Of course our elections shouldn't rest on such trivial concerns but in reality, most voters choose a candidate more for a variety of superficial reasons than on informed positions. Fred's baldness, which serves to sharply visually accentuate the age difference between himself and his young "trophy wife," would most probably contribute to his eventual defeat in the general, should he win the GOP's nomination.

In any event, the cartoonist's rendering of Fred with hair are hilarious. Personally, I think he should go with the Margaret Thatcher look. Maybe it will improve his foreign relations cred.

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