November 5, 2010
Best Political Hair of the Midterm Elections It's that time of the year(s) again! That's right, midterm elections! Okay, so you're still not excited. I understand. But, while midterm elections don't quite have the excitement and slander of presidential elections, they still have something you can happily fixate on: those crazy gubernatorial hairstyles. From truly awesome to laughably weird, here's the hair to watch out for in November. 1. Rick Perry: Can you say luscious? This incumbent governor of Texas looks like he puts the mousse and rollers in before he hits the hay, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume his look is au natural. 2. Nikki Haley: Haley worked in her family's upscale clothing company before going into politics, and it shows. She's the South Carolina Republican nominee for governor, but some might just call her hot. 3. Frank Caprio: Caprio's deep brown, perfectly combed-back hair sits atop the face of a middle-aged Ken doll. He's exactly how I might imagine a Harvard football stud might look 20 or so years down the line. He's hoping to become Rhode Island's governor come November. 4. Christine O'Donnell: O'Donnell won the Delaware gubernatorial Republican primary in an upset, and it might've been her perfectly straightened and layered look that took the people by surprise. Or her anti-masturbation campaigns. One or the other. 5. Brian Sandoval: Sandoval defeated his GOP competitors to become the Republican candidate for the Nevada gubernatorial race. His head is somehow perfectly square; you could balance an egg on top of his closely-shorn brown locks. 6. James Aiona: This Hawaiian candidate for governor has the hair of my fantasies; the fantasy where my favorite salt-and-pepper professor goes to Hawaii for spring break and comes back deeply tan and very interested in my term paper. 7. Brian Dubie: Dubie's hair reminds me of a boyfriend I once had. His hair was always perfectly mussed up, as if he had "accidentally" run his fingers through it covered in gel. Maybe he's trying to show his more laid-back approach to politics to Vermont voters. 8. Tom Emmer: Take Rick Perry's wavy coif and turn it snow white, and you've got Tom Emmer's hair. This voluminous man also happens to be the GOP candidate for the Minnesota gubernatorial race. 9. Jan Brewer: Sarah Palin might have made the loosely pinned back, sexy schoolteacher hair the trend for female politicians, but Brewer reinvented it. This Arizona governess's dirty blond bun is Cruella DeVille classy. 10. Neil Abercrombie: Abercrombie might not have a lot of hair on his head, but he sure has a lot on his face, and that's what I call resourceful. He'll be running against an exquisite head of hair in the Hawaiian gubernatorial races (see #6. James Aiona), so wish him luck. Joy Paley is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on online schools for Guide to Online Schools.