Hat in the Ring, Not on Your Head!

Political candidates should not wear hats.

Apparently, this is a thing.  I’m amazed I made it this long without discovering this hard and fast campaigning rule.  But really, it’s probably rarely an issue in local campaigns.  How often do local elected officials or candidates get asked to wear hats, really?

At the higher echelons, however, this is a rule you’ll need to be aware of. To prove the point, politico.com has provided a brief history of this rule:

And–this is the best part–a little tidbit from the Nixon Campaign Plan Book:

“The 37th President of the United States of America NEVER WEARS HATS…no honorary hats…no protocol hats…no “great photo” hats…no “the law requires” hats…no “it’s the custom” hats…no cute hats…no beanies…no stovepipes…no firehats…no captains hats…no caps…no Indian headdress…no feather hats…no hard hats…no soft hats…no ladies hats…no mens hats…no fur hats…no paper hats…no grass hats…no thorn hats…no “Nixon’s The One” hats…no nothing.  HATS ARE TOXIC–AND CAN KILL YOU.”

Even if you’re the President of the United States, standing in the middle of Ground Zero among hundred of other people wearing protective hats…

no hat bush

NO.  HAT.

I can understand how a presidential candidate could easily be made to look foolish by wearing inappropriate headgear.  Now, the chances of a hat bringing an equally devastating effect upon a town or county campaign are probably slim, but…why risk it?  Besides, City Councilmen become Mayors, State Representatives become Congressional candidates…do you really want a picture of you in a dorky hat surfacing during an election for higher office down the road?

Leave the hats at home!

Try a lapel pin instead.  Those never go out of style, am I right???

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5 Great Posts About Running for Office

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Good Reads.

I’ve seen other bloggers do these ’round up’ thingies, and since I read a lot of good stuff, I figure I ought to do one as well, so that you, too, can benefit from the work of others that are out there keepin’ it real (or whatever).  So here goes!

The Art of Manliness

This blog is totally awesome in its own right.  It is exactly what it says it is: a blog devoted to helping men be manly.  And it just so happens they covered manliness in the form of running for political office.

Morton Blackwell’s 45 Laws for Political Campaigns

I wrote this post when I first started this blog because at the time these laws weren’t available anywhere else I could find online.  And they are gold.  Read the 45 Laws for Political Campaigns.

 The Strenuous Life

I’m a liar already.  This isn’t actually a post.  It’s a speech given by Teddy Roosevelt about embracing the struggles in life and becoming stronger through them.  This speech is just one out of a handful collected in a book by the same title.  Many run along political themes and are excellent reads for anyone, but most especially for the political candidate.  Read the rest of them here.

 Abe Lincoln’s Response to Political Smear

Also not a post (sorry, y’all, there just aren’t a whole lot of other good campaigner/bloggers out there).  This, however, is the very first recorded Republican “Oh, snap!” or “Oh, no he didn’t!” moment, written by none other than the founder of our Grand Old Party.  Check out how Honest Abe responded to a back-handed attempt at mud-slinging, and take notes.  This is how it’s done, people!

 Candidate College: Tips for Running for Office

You’ll quickly realize that this post is very urban-campaign centered, but that doesn’t mean the principles can’t be applied anywhere.  In fact, it’s a heck of a lot easier in suburbia that in the cities.  So read Candidate College’s 10 Tips for Running for Office.  It’ll do you good.

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