Ron Paul: Eyebrowgate, Or Just Kill Me Now
Lord help me, I’ll post anything to forestall Strange polluting the blog with more wacky wingnut wimmin today (Hillary being the exception that he’ll no doubt cower behind to prove some sort of rule or other), but the odd case of Ron Paul’s Eyebrow With A Life Of Its Own escaped me in the flurry of fluff that was the GOP New Hampshire debate.
It escaped me, but apparently not the approximately 1,990,000 benighted souls who’ve discussed this issue over the past couple of days.
What’s that? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Here, this’ll help.
And yes, there’s pictorial evidence:
In case that’s inconclusive, here’s a more forensic view:
Now, as a male, I’m of an age when hair has long decided to sprout in profusion from every conceivable orifice. Sartorially, the options are simple: you either live with it, chop it off, or plait it. Whatever, you rejoice in the very existence of these options, as it’s a damn sight easier to remove it or keep it in check than it is to fudge its absence if that irks you in this folliculist world we inhabit.
Some have found this disturbance in Mr. Paul’s face field difficult to ignore. I decided to take a pseudo-random sample of opinions on the subject, and found that David Magee of the International Business Times was one:
The Republican debate on Bloomberg is underway at Dartmouth, and the focus is on something critical to America: The economy. But I’ve barely heard a word said in the first 18 minutes of the debate because I’m so concerned about Ron Paul’s fake eyebrow, which is falling off.
At first, I thought it must be a mistake—that maybe the Texas Congressman running for the GOP presidential nomination was being shown in a strange set let on the Bloomberg TV broadcast.
But as Paul kept talking in his first turn to answer a question at the roundtable-style debate, hosted by Charlie Rose and sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post, it was clear that he was wearing fake eyebrows and that his right eyebrow—showing up on the left on TV, was falling off.
Some may take it as a commentary on the quality of the debate, or perhaps even the candidates, that this was the viewer’s primary focus. Some might even be a little abashed at drawing attention to it, lest it mask some health condition that would in retrospect render the incautious observer a cad for passing comment. Not Mr. Magee, who warms to his theme:
Ron Paul is wearing fake eyebrows, and I can never take the man serious again as a candidate for president. Paul is entertaining—especially tonight—and he’s got some interesting positions, like the one that the Federal Reserve is America’s anti-Christ. But we can’t have a man in the White House who wears fake eyebrows, and poor ones at that.
Magee is not one to shy away from the day’s pressing issues as a proportion of America weighs which nutter to promote to the position of Most Powerful Person Astride the Most Appalling Economic Mess of the Century (Let’s Just Push This Button and See What Happens, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?). His envoi doubles down:
(Note: Paul fixed the falling eyebrow during a debate break at the one hour mark, but the falling eyebrow returned by the hour-and-a-half mark.)
For balance, I visited the Daily Paul blog, where the story had apparently hit a nerve, judging by this entreaty:
Paul’s Eyebrow: Vote this article DOWN, here
Submitted by paul-for-liberty on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 23:51
vote it down, top right of the article window, click the red thumb-down icon.
The support for Mr. Paul was all he might have wished for, from some:
I hope that when I am 76 that I will have eyebrows just like Ron Paul.
I have had a fake leg for 22 years and it has no bearing on my beliefs, integrity, or anything else that really matters.
But others are apparently more wishy-washy:
why the f*ck would they put fake eyebrows on RP??
..cut the gay crap altogether campaign. no douchebag man tans, no fake eyebrows, no BS ever..
I didn’t notice during the debates, but I just went back to check the Ron Paul highlight reel. I have to admit, it does look like his eyebrow is falling off. So yes, I now believe he was wearing fake eyebrows.
The question then remains, how do I feel about that? It makes me disappointed with the campaign and his advisers. One of the biggest pluses of Ron Paul is that he is real, honest, and earnest. It’s a bit maddening that the campaign can’t realize a big draw of Ron Paul’s is that he is not a plastic man.
And so a long and colorful political career stutters into its twilight—not with a bang, but with a wimp hair.
More: David Magee has now predictably been taken to task in no uncertain terms in his article’s comments by Paulites alerted to his work by the Daily Paul post cited above. Also predictably, he’s now being taken to task in no uncertain terms by Paulites in the comments to his follow-up article reporting that he’d been taken to task in the comments to his original article.