Marco Rubio’s Boyish Looks
BY EDWARD KLEIN/ DECEMBER 8, 2015
Among her long list of real and imagined grievances, Hillary Clinton often complains that female candidates are held to a different standard than male candidates.
Her gripe is that women candidates are judged by their hair, their makeup, their dress and their age, while male candidates get away with follicular, sartorial and senescent murder.
But like many of Hillary’s public pronouncements, none of that is true.
From the moment Donald Trump declared he was running for president, the media and TV comedians have rarely missed an opportunity to disparage his hairstyle and dye job.
“Yesterday in New York City,” quipped Jay Leno, “Donald Trump officially changed his political affiliation from Republican to Independent. And Donald’s hair has switched from pelt to carpet sample.”
Last fall, The New Yorker magazine devoted an entire article to a hair stylist’s snarky comments about some of the male candidates running for president:
“Chris Christie could be Emperor Vespasian,” said the hairdresser, who has red-violet hair, “but he’d have to lose a little more hair. He’d also have to brush forward and trim his bangs.”
Marco Rubio hasn’t escaped similar censure. His coiffure has been described as a “flying-saucer shape that hovers over [his] forehead.”
And Rubio’s boyish looks have come in for extensive treatment.
“He’s 44,” wrote The Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis. “He looks like a kid. Should presidents in this day and age be older and more experienced?”
The knock on Rubio—that he’s too young to be president—doesn’t hold water. If he wins the White House, Rubio will not be the youngest president in history; that honor goes to Theodore Roosevelt, who was 42 years old when he became commander in chief. John F. Kennedy was 43. By comparison, Rubio will have attained the ripe old age of 45.