Mustache Institute nominates Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr for best mustache award

Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr is among 16 finalists for the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year.

According the Mustache Institute,

The American Mustache Institute (AMI) will name the first ever “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year,” recognizing the most impactful Mustached American of the past year. The winner will be announced Oct. 25 at ‘Stache Bash 2008, a benefit for Challenger Baseball, a baseball league for children and adults with disabilities.

More than sixty nominations were submitted for the “Goulet’ award, and AMI’s certified mustacheologists narrowed the finalist pool to 16 qualified Mustached Americans who have distinguished themselves during the past year.

The “Goulet” winner will be chosen based on popular vote

7 thoughts on “Mustache Institute nominates Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr for best mustache award

  1. coming on the back of the LP

    What other political leaders have been known for having a notable mustache?

  2. coming on the back of the LP

    Thanks!

    1908
    The last man to win the Presidency with facial hair was William Howard Taft, Roosevelt’s chosen successor as the Republican candidate in the 1908 election, whose moustache was rather more resplendent than Roosevelt’s. His Democratic opponent, William Jennings Bryan, was cleanshaven, and was also hoping to make it third time lucky, having already lost to McKinley in 1896 and 1900. He lost again.

    1912
    The 1912 election marked the first real defeat for facial hair since 1856 (1896 and 1900 don’t count as both candidates were cleanshaven). Roosevelt fell out with Taft, and although he lost the Republican nomination he ran as a third party candidate and outpolled Taft in the popular vote. Both candidates, and their moustaches, were however defeated by the cleanshaven Woodrow Wilson.

    1916
    The last bearded man to run for the Presidency was Charles Evan Hughes, the Republican candidate narrowly defeated by Woodrow Wilson in 1916. It is said that Hughes “grew his famous beard in 1890 in the interest of efficiency – to save trips to the barber.” Theodore Roosevelt, reconciled with the Republican Party, unenthusiastically campaigned for Hughes whom he called “Wilson with whiskers”. Hughes apparently went to bed on election night thinking he had won, and was woken in the morning to learn that he had lost. He later served both as Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

    1944, 1948
    It was over a quarter of a century before either major party chose a candidate with facial hair. But faced with the hopeless task of displacing Franklin Roosevelt in 1944, the Republicans opted for the moustached Thomas E. Dewey. He was chosen again to oppose Harry Truman in 1948, and while he did better than two cleanshaven minor candidates, Henry Wallace and Strom Thurmond, he was defeated by Truman. All serious presidential candidates since have been cleanshaven.

  3. Arthur Torrey

    You might give Harry Brown partial credit – he had a goatee when he first started to run, but shortly thereafter shaved it off. (IMHO a pity, as I think he looked better with the fuzz – but then I’m biased because of my own hair…)

    ART

  4. Mike Theodore

    “It was over a quarter of a century before either major party chose a candidate with facial hair. But faced with the hopeless task of displacing Franklin Roosevelt in 1944, the Republicans opted for the moustached Thomas E. Dewey. He was chosen again to oppose Harry Truman in 1948, and while he did better than two cleanshaven minor candidates, Henry Wallace and Strom Thurmond, he was defeated by Truman. All serious presidential candidates since have been cleanshaven.”

    Well, maybe if his was a little more manly…

  5. Steve LaBianca

    I’ve never seen Barr or a picture of him without a mustache, but I think with glasses and a mustache, he appears fairly unattractive to the average voter.

    Now a candidate with stubble, ala Colin Farrell . . .

  6. Steve LaBianca

    BTW, I have no affinity, nor are attracted to a man, any man, with or without stubble. The average female voter though . . .

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