Obama's new energy secretary is a physicist whose hair is under the control of strange, unnatural forces

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

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Gone are the days when presidential candidate John Edwards could lazily pay $400 for a haircut, or when President Bill Clinton could idle Air Force One on the LAX tarmac while his Beverly Hills hairdresser did his thing.

Washington, D.C. has entered the age of the bad - or nonexistent - haircut, as evidenced by Ernest Moniz, Barack Obama's choice to be the next US energy secretary.

And hair salons in the nation's capital are weighing in.

In 2000, Ernest Moniz, then undersecretary of energy, showed off his signature mop in San Diego

In 2000, Ernest Moniz, then undersecretary of energy, showed off his signature mop in San Diego. There's no word on whether other physicists have decided on a name for the dark forces keeping his hairs in place

Could a Van Der Graaf generator be on its way to the Department of Energy? The Smithsonian already has one

FUN WITH PHYSICS: Could a Van Der Graaf generator be on its way to the Department of Energy? The Smithsonian already has one on display if Ernest Moniz wants to borrow it for pre-speech touch-ups

Dennis Roche, owner of Roche Salon, told the Washington Free Beacon that Moniz looks like he entered 'a Donald Trump competition.'

'If you're going to sport long hair, you have to have a good haircut that supports long hair,' Moritz told the conservative news website. 'I don't think his haircut necessarily works for him.”

'If he was at the Renaissance Fair, it probably would work.'

Ernest Moniz's profile is about as attractive as his frontal portrait
After the 2000 presidential election, this Washington, DC hair salon advertised a 'John Edwards Presidential Special' on its sidewalk

Moniz's profile is about as attractive as his frontal portrait. He just might need the $400 'John Edwards Presidential Special' that a Washington, D.C. hair salon advertised on its downtown sidewalk after the 2000 presidential election in which then-Sen. John Edwards was the Democrats' losing vice presidential contender

No comment to MailOnline has been forthcoming from Moniz's office, but he may his work cut out for him in fashion-conscious Washington.

'Oh my God, it looks terrible,' David Cassis of the Patrick Segui Hair Salon told the Free Beacon.

'He's not going for anything. His face, his hair, nothing has to do with anything. ... He looks ugly.'

Is Ernest Monitz taking coiffure tips from George Washington? At least his teeth aren't made of wood -- yet

Is Ernest Monitz taking coiffure tips from George Washington? At least his teeth aren't made of wood -- ye

Moniz is no stranger to D.C., although his coif is one of the city's stranger sights.

National Journal reported that he was undersecretary for Energy from 1997 to 2001, and that Barack Obama appointed him in 2009 to the president's Science and Technology Advisory Council.

He's also a proponent of nuclear energy, and of natural gas.

But not, apparently, of mirrors.

Then again, George Washington sported a similar hairdo, and look where it took him.

And let's not even talk about Albert Einstein.

If bad hair is the key to brilliance in physics - and it may well be - Moniz has the future well in hand

If bad hair is the key to brilliance in physics - and it may well be - Moniz has the future well in hand

Climate scientist Andrew Glikson had the most bizarre hair in academia, until now

Climate scientist Andrew Glikson had the most bizarre hair in academia, until now

MIT scientist Ernest Moniz was nominated to succeed Stephen Chu as secretary of energy in March, but his hairstyle has made more waves than his support of nuclear power

MIT scientist Ernest Moniz was nominated to succeed Stephen Chu as secretary of energy in March, but his hairstyle has made more waves than his support of nuclear power

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If he were British no one would say a word. A cursory glance at British ministers would provide endless hours of amusement for Americans used to bland, cookie cutter politicians. I think Mr Moniz looks bloody fabulous! - KerensaB , Key West, United States, 04/4/2013 16:25 He actually was British once, but back then he was known as 'Young Gordon Brown', as Google Images attests.

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If he were British no one would say a word. A cursory glance at British ministers would provide endless hours of amusement for Americans used to bland, cookie cutter politicians. I think Mr Moniz looks bloody fabulous!

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Ha. I will bet you dollars to donuts that if you found a high school yearbook photo of him he would be rocking that same hairstyle. Some people are like that. They keep one style their entire life.

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He must be so vain to walk around like that

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Nothing much wrong with his hair. You often find that the most intelligent people are a bit scruffy or shabby. It's the slick and smooth no hopers like our current government you have to watch out for.

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He has Tiny Tim hair in the first photograph.

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what if he does want his hair long, its up to him, we ladies have a choice, so should he, from a female

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The last picture of him remindes me of Anton Shegure from No Country for Old Men.

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Another Obama pick. What does this one bring to the table? More fantasies about wind and sun?

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Hair today. Goon tomorrow.

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