Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Strange Hair of Rod Blagojevich
Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's hair has been troubling me for years now, but I've never had a reason to post about it -- until today, when his corruption became a national news story. As a St. Louisan, I've seen Blagojevich on the local news almost nightly for many years now (once they've covered all the day's shootings in St. Louis and shown a few mugshots of the latest meth addicts to be busted for violently robbing old people or beating their kids to death, all that's really left to talk about are massive lay-offs, the Rams sucking, and the latest political intrigue in Illinois), and the only thing about him that is more eyebrow-raising than his shadiness has always been that huge helmet hair of his.
The man's style icon -- not just when it comes to his ridiculous hair, but often in matters of casual dress as well -- is Treat Williams circa Prince of the City. Think about that for a second. The governor of Illinois was modeling his image on a corrupt cop (albeit one who later turned informant) from a movie that came out in 1981 and was set in the '70s. Rod Blagojevich's hair told the story of his downfall, in a sense. Things were never going to end well for him; his destiny always involved being led off in handcuffs and having that awful coif mussed by a gruff FBI agent as he was pushed into the back of a dark sedan.