The American Mustache Institute, after recovering from crushing disappointment after John Bolton's decision not to run for president, has found renewed hope in Herman Cain. The institute is a charity group that calls itself the "world's leading facial hair advocacy organization."
The institute nominated Cain for its annual "Mustached American of the Year Award," putting the presidential candidate up against Jimmy "The Rent is Too Damn High" McMillan, astronaut Mark Kelly, former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka and others who sport whiskers.
Cain "represents a shining beacon of light for the Mustached American community, as no Mustached American has sat in the Oval Office since William Howard Taft," Aaron Perlut, the chairman of the American Mustache Institute, told The Ticket in an email. "Even more offensive, no major party-affiliated Mustached American has even run for the presidency since Thomas E. Dewey in 1948, although Bob Barr ran recently on the Libertarian ticket. So with all of this history -- or a lack thereof if you are a person of Mustached American heritage -- indeed, we see great promise in Mr. Cain's candidacy and hope he ultimately earns the right to face President Obama next year."
The group is holding the contest to promote its annual charity kick-off party for "Movember," when mustache enthusiasts around the country encourage men to grow a mustache during the month of November.