PHOTOS: Is This The Most Drastic Makeover Politics Has Ever Seen?

A wise man once said that style has “no place in politics”, but we can’t help but wonder if DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz would beg to differ, especially after debuting what may be one of the most eye-catching hair transformations we’ve seen in a while.

Wasserman Schultz is known almost as much for her signature curly hair as she is for her outspoken politics, so much so that six months ago, the New York Times’ Judith Newman hailed Wasserman Schultz as her “hair hero”.

I thought I was tilting at windmills until I discovered my new cultural and hair hero, the Florida congresswoman and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Recently, Ms. Wasserman Schultz made news when accusing her Republican colleague, Allen West, of endangering his elderly constituents by supporting huge Medicare cuts, and Mr. West — although not mentioned by her by name — retaliated by sending out an e-mail calling her “the most vile, despicable, unprofessional” member of Congress and telling her to “shut the heck up.” And after that, it got ugly.

Politics aside, I love the congresswoman’s guts in not bowing to the vast Blowout Conspiracy. Sometimes she’s got those blonde waves, sometimes she’s got pin-curls, but I’ve never seen her on a Sunday morning chat show with helmet hair. She is a serious, passionate voice for progressive politics in this country, and she’s not afraid to have hair that’s passionate, too.

Moreover, just last month, Wasserman Schultz taped her own “It Gets Better” video, focusing on the bullying her natural locks engendered when she was younger.

“When I was in school, I was teased mercilessly, all the time, about my curly hair. Kids even made up a mean song about me and sang it over and over. It made me so sad. But now my hair is my signature look, and I wouldn’t change it for anyone, because it’s part of what makes me who I am. So when you’re in school, remember, it only gets better from here.”

Apparently Wasserman Schultz had a change of heart, because her appearance on today’s edition of Andrea Mitchell Reports revealed a head of toffee-colored, softly smoothed locks. We’ll be the first to say that the new look is great, but it’s a surprising move considering how vehement she was about her “signature” style. This isn’t the first time she’s straightened her hair — she grabbed headlines for a simliar look back in 2007 — and she has every right to do with it what she likes, but we can’t help but hope that she made today’s change for herself and not because of what anyone else is saying.


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