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what dion and mccain have in common (hint: think stalin or rosie o’donnell)


 

As an expert political strategist (very savvy), I am never surprised when my sage advice takes deep root in conventional wisdom, leaching into the public consciousness like so much super-intelligent toxin.

Last week, I made that case that Stephane Dion could overcome his awkward, over-earnest manner and triumph in the next election by growing a moustache.

Last night, Stephen Colbert made the case that John McCain could overcome his awkward, over-earnest manner and triumph in the next election by… growing a moustache! (You can see it here starting at the 3:40 mark after the Avenue Q ad.)

Ladies and gentlemen: lock up your daughters and tie up your damsels, preferably to some train tracks — this is shaping up to be the most hirsute election season since Carlos Santana faced off against Slash for best guitarist of 1987.


 

what dion and mccain have in common (hint: think stalin or rosie o’donnell)

  1. Scott All this sage advice of yours about growing a moustache has got me thinking about who was the last Canadian leader to wear one. I think it was Louis St Laurent but not certain. Did Dief /Pearson ever have one?.

  2. jwl, according to the pictures on Wikipedia, Louis St. Laurent was indeed the last PM to wear a mustache. Neither Dief nor Pearson had one. Interestingly, Wikipedia has no picture of Joe Clark. Do you think Clark had one in his wild and wooly college days?

  3. Kenneth To me, Clark is more of a mutton chop/sideburn kind of guy.

    President Kennedy was credited with ending the tradition of men wearing hats, I wonder if he also ended facial hair.

  4. i’ll point out that Trudeau often sported a ragged beard, though rarely when campaigning – not a full-blown lip duster though

  5. i guess it falls to me to deliver the definitive word: no canadian prime minister has worn a full moustache since august, 1993, when kim campbell appeared in one in my dreams.

    for the record, she also sported a bowler and tap shoes.

  6. Steph Really? That surprises me. My mental image of Trudeau is that he was always clean shaven, at least while he was a MP.

  7. Isn’t there an old canadian axiom about beards in the House of Commons – I can’t remember the details but you may note that in recent memory there has never been a PM with a beard or moustache. (By the way Scott : cut back on the spicy food before you go to bed = dreaming about Kim Campbell is not good for the mental health)

  8. to jwl
    he generally kept his face clean shaven in the house, but i’ve seen quite a few pics of a bearded PET – especially when he was all about the outdoor sports

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