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As soon as I saw a picture of Rod Blagojevich (back during the Dem Primaries) I knew  he was up to no good. This judgement, now vindicated, did not come from deep knowledge of  IL state politics. I just knew that someone with such a lush growth of hair on his head had to be a bounder. Either that or the hair had to be fake. Donald Trump. Gary Hart (in the eighties, not now). Bill Clinton. Elvis. All talented people, all got in trouble. What do they have in common? Hair where it is supposed to grow, not on their ear or back.

IL has a second chance now with Patrick Quinn. He is different from Blagojevich in every possible way.

“He’s the anti-Blagojevich, for sure,” said State Representative Jack D. Franks

You have got to love the guy: NYTimes

Mr. Quinn, 60, can be so unassuming that he watched the inauguration of President Obama in Washington crunched down on his knees so that people behind him could get a better view. When prone to boasting, which is not very often, it can be about miserly stuff, like staying in budget hotels and eating discount meals.

And more to the point I am making,

And with a hairline more John Lithgow than Elvis, he does not even look the Blagojevich part.

I propose  this as a litmus test in politics, at least for men of a certain age. If you have too much  hair on your head, you are automatically disqualified. It does not have to look great to cause trouble: the lush, impressive growth sported by Blagojevitch is the worst kind. Pres. Obama has good hair. But it does not outgrow his face, it does nothing to compete with his impressive ears.

Even without any detailed investigation, you can suspect  that VP Biden is a good guy. Just look at the vast reflective surface up top. Rumsfeld has hair good enough to get him in trouble. Paul Wolfowitz  loved his hair so much that he made out with it in public::

You just  know as you watch this that the  guy is a  war criminal.

Every rule in politics has an exception. Lincoln alone combined good hair with good political sense. But Honest Abe is an exception to so many other rules. Such as, never trust a lawyer.

I rest my case with one letter: W.

Originally posted to organicdemocrat on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 08:50 AM PST.

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