Mohawk, Not a Mullet

Chad Dotson provides a photo of young S.R. Sidarth, he of “macaca” infamy

S.R. Sidarth Mohawk Photo

that’s just a wee bit different than the one posted by Jane Hamsher and swallowed up without question by many of us:

S.R. Sidarth Mohawk Mullet Photo

I’ve got to agree with Dotson, and thus Senator Allen, that the former photo is a mohawk, regardless of Sidarth’s claim that it’s a “mullet.”

Now, this doesn’t explain the “macaca” thing but it does remove one criticism of the Senator that many of us have leveled.

Hat tip: Ben@RedState

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  1. Would you believe a mullet with incredibly wide sidewalls around the ears?

    You know, the thing that gets me about this is if he had left off the “macaca” or called him a generic “dufus”, “candy assed liberal” or “Mr. Liberal Elite”, the rest of his comment is a good put down of what the kid represents.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Clearly, this is one of those things colored by one’s preconceptions. A good friend of mine who’s a Democrat said he thought Allen was berating the fellow and the exchange was meanspirited. I thought it was pretty congenial when I saw it.

  3. James Joyner says:

    And I’m with Dotson, it’s certainly not a mullet. Too close-cropped in back.

  4. Steve Verdon says:

    Would you believe a mullet with incredibly wide sidewalls around the ears?

    No, because a Mullet is usually short on top and the sides (in this case shaven) and long in the back which is totally missing. This scores a big fat zero on the Mulletude scale.

  5. Len says:

    I’ve never understood the fuss about his haircut, anyway. A macaca is not a haircut, and macaca, when spoken, sounds nothing like either mohawk or mullet.

    Go to the tape… can you honestly believe that Senator Allen is saying mohawk?

  6. James Joyner says:

    Len: Nope. Allen claimed, though, that he somehow said “macaca” when he meant “mohawk.” Some kind of weird substitution. That, frankly, doesn’t make much sense and I’ve said so from the beginning in two blog posts and a TCS article.

    The point here, though, is that many of us, following Jane Hamsher’s lead, argued that it was a lie because the kid wasn’t sporting a mohawk. Turns out, he was. That correction needs to be made.

  7. Trest says:

    We really need to stop this discussion about Webb’s Native American campaign worker, since it is playing right into the hands of the Democrats: it diverts us from the issues.

    THe main issue to reassert is the fact that if Webb is elected, the terrorists will be applaud and be emboldened.

    It is interesting that during the course of this whole “controversy” that Bush and the Republicans have foiled two terrorist plots. If Webb were elected, the plots to blow up the flight today from the UK and the cell phone bombers would have succeeded.

    If we want to remain a bastion of freedom,vote for Allen. If you want to hand the country’s soverignty over to Al Quaeda, then vote for Webb.

    The choice is simple. We do our country a disservice when we try to complicate it and go down diversionary paths.

  8. James Joyner says:

    Dots . . . not feathers.

  9. DC Loser says:

    LOL Trest, that’s the funniest post I’ve read today. I’ll do my part to ensure Webb will be the next junior senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  10. Len says:

    James: Nope. That’s not a mohawk. That’s basically the way I wear my hair… trimmed closely at the sides. I definitely do not have a mohawk. Neither does young Mr. Sidarth.

    The argument doesn’t make sense anyway, as you noted. Who looks at somebody and calls them by the name of their (supposed) haircut?

    I’ll have a picture of a real mohawk posted on my site shortly.

  11. James Joyner says:

    Len: It’s an odd haircut ;0

    I wore a much shorter variant of the haircut, known as a “high and tight,” during part of my military stint. Typically, though, such haircuts are tapered so that it’s consistently short along the sides and back and gradually get longer towards the crown. Calling a haircut where there’s a longish strip going from the forehead to the nape of the neck but it’s otherwise whitewalled a “mohawk” strikes me as reasonable enough.

  12. Bithead says:

    Look, let’s cut to the chase… the guy’s wearing a goofy-ass haircut. Give it a beat and you’ve got the next “Achy-Breaky Heart” record.

    Sorry, someone had to say it.

    As for :

    Who looks at somebody and calls them by the name of their (supposed) haircut?

    Well, Hi, there, “Buzz”… Wondered when you’d show up. Marines are nicknamed ‘jarhead’ for their haircuts, for one. Well, I guess “Marines” is more than one.

    Anyway, we had a guy who worked at the station. Weird guy but he ran a tight board, so I kept him on. Everyone called him ‘animal… mostly for his hair.

    I had a neighbor who had a ‘Dutchboy” haircut for years… and everyone called him ‘dutch’. Still ticks him off. I think Reagan was called “Dutch’ for the same reason, though he didn’t grow up in our neighborhood.

    Of course, Bill Clinton was called “$1000” for HIS haircut.

    Nowpardon me, I have a Carla Bolita movie to watch.

  13. Rodney Dill says:

    Maybe its a Mullhawk, it does have attributes of both styles.

  14. Libturds Hate Freedom says:

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  15. Mr. Dart says:

    Len queries,”Who looks at somebody and calls them by the name of their (supposed) haircut?”

    Hmmm, not sure, let me ask my neighbor Butch. Well he doesn’t know either but he was just reading an old Mo Dowd column where she called former Sen. John Edwards “The Breck Girl.” What a hoot that was!
    We’ll get back to you on this Len. You aren’t the Len we used to call Chrome Dome are you?

  16. legion says:

    Who looks at somebody and calls them by the name of their (supposed) haircut?

    Didn’t Al Bundy used to refer to certain people by saying “Hey – Flock of Seagulls!”