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December 20, 2007

Mike’s Make-Over

ShapeshiftObviously, the common reaction is to think of a 100-pound weight loss as an impressive act of will.

I was wondering, though, where Mike’s accomplishment fits, exactly, in a group of Republican posers who are all so made over (albeit ideologically or character-wise ) that hardly any of them present as they did before.

Maybe these pictures suggest — as they take their place in the political resumé of a relative unknown — that this deceptively amiable and publicly toned-down bible thumper is just one more GOP shape shifter.

… By the way, check out Robin Givhan’s woeful take on the Huckabee figure at WAPO.  She writes:

Mike Huckabee is in the unenviable position of being the only candidate whose actual body — rather than the clothes he drapes on it — invites a level of scrutiny heretofore unseen on the campaign trail.

Yeah, tell it to Hillary, or even John Edwards’ $400-an-hour hair stylist.

Milestones: Mike Huckabee (NYT Interactive)

Mike Huckabee’s Style (WAPO slideshow)

The Huckabee Factor (NYT Mag)

(images: unattributed.  2001 & 2005.  From  “Huckabee, really?” Cover story. December 12, 2007.  NYT Mag)

  • donna

    Poor little doggie.

  • John Lucaites

    Or tell it to Obama … as I recall that bathing suit picture.

  • WereBear

    As the pictures show, this is a dramatic change, in a relatively short time.
    Yet… Huckabee refuses to explain how he did it. I find that odd. Most people who lose a lot are eager to tell others all about it.

  • blueinky

    “…those evil Michael twins, heheh”

  • MonsieurGonzo

    In Christianity, the term ‘born again’ or regenerated is synonymous with spiritual rebirth — salvation… Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Pentecostal Christians associate “being born again” with a conversion experience that involves a personal, and sometimes intense, encounter of the individual with the power of God, as if the person has “attained” salvation.
    Some Christians in these groups would assert that those without such a ‘conversion experience’ are not true Christians [the unsaved self = an unsalvagable soul, thus].
    In theology, the study of salvation is called soteriology. The idea of being “born again” carries with it the soteriological idea that a Christian is anew creation,” given a fresh start by the action of God: freed from a sinful “past life”, able to begin a “new life”.
    American mythology: salvation implicit by makeover; eg., Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

  • blueinky

    hmm…sounds like ‘cosmetology’ to me; you know, the skin’d-eper philosophy/science of revela/conc(i)ealia-wigs’n'toria

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