Can’t fault a man for putting on his game face.
For those of you not yet riveted by the Republican race, Mr. Paul, the dark-horse libertarian with equally dusky brows, was a victim of hot lights, faulty adhesive or merely a devilish optical illusion when his right eyebrow seemed to dip toward the stage at Dartmouth College.
Seen on television, Mr. Paul appeared to have a second, thinner brow under the one headed south, creating a delicate X over his right eye.
Jesse Benton, a campaign spokesman, insisted that Mr. Paul had been the victim of the elements, namely a heavy pollen season in New Hampshire, and called accusations that he’d been artificially enhancing “stupid” and “insulting.”
“Dr. Paul’s allergies acted up a touch,” Mr. Benton said in an explanation that might raise some, you know, questions.
I have no opinion about Ron Paul’s eyebrow, or the fakeness thereof. I’m trying to be A Better Person and not pick at a person’s appearance. Maybe he has alopecia. Maybe he’s undergoing radiation treatment. Maybe he just thought a pair of supersweet eyebrows would give him that extra somethin’-somethin’ needed to look his Republican co-candidates in the crazy eye.
I mean, who am I to judge? I pluck my eyebrows and when I do so overzealously, I draw them back in with a MAC brush and some eyeshadow. Granted, I’ve never claimed that eyebrow migration was the result of “allergies” or “the elements.” What does that mean, anyway? Was there a tiny tornado that swept across Ron Paul’s face while he was going head-to-head with Herman Cain? We’ll never know.
Point is, I don’t give a rat’s ass.
As YAFB over at Rumproast notes, however, the curious case of Ron Paul’s eyebrow has created quite a stir:
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.
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.
So there you have it. Looks like this is shaping up to be Ron Paul’s Achilles
You know — sort of like President Obama’s latent Kenyanism, or the fact that his birth name is Chip Hitler.
[via Rumproast][cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]