With Movember just around the bend, senior adviser to the Obama campaign David Axelrod made a hairy wager on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday: he will shave off his four-decade-old mustache on national television if Obama loses Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania on Election Day.
Obama press secretary Jennifer Psaki doubled down on the wager later in the day, telling MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell: "I'll dye my hair black and wear a mustache" if Obama loses those states.
The American Mustache Institute isn't pleased with the wagers, especially the bet by Axe. "It's incredibly irresponsible for Axelrod to be playing games with such an exceptionally powerful mustache," institute chairman Dr. Aaron Perlut tells Whispers, noting that Axelrod's famous stache can be categorized as the "Chevron style," or the standard issue law enforcement mustache.
"There are very few people in positions of power who are mustached Americans, so for he to even jest about removing his lip sweater is somewhat offensive to the entire American mustached community," he says.
Perlut also cautioned the senior advisor to review the Dead Sea Scrolls, a section of which he claims says every time a mustache is shaved, an angel dies and falls down to earth. Whispers was not able to confirm this to be true.
But according to a number of polls, mustache advocates may not have to worry about Axe's whiskers. Obama is up by 5 points in Minnesota, 3 in Michigan and 4.6 in Pennsylvania, according to Real Clear Politics.
As far as Whispers can tell, the Romney campaign isn't making any of its own furry wagers.
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