Though Joe Scarborough lost his bet with President Obama's senior campaign strategist David Axelrod, he's getting the same outcome as if he had won: Axelrod will part with his mustache of 40 years during Scarborough's "Morning Joe" program this Friday.
Instead of Scarborough collecting his pound of flesh--or rather, whiskers--Axelrod is shaving his 'stache to satisfy a pledge he made post-election.
(Scroll down for a look at Axlerod's well-known whiskers.)
During an October appearance on Scarborough's show, Axelrod originally said he would shave off his mustache if his boss failed to carry Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania in the November election.
At the time, polling numbers suggested Obama's rival Mitt Romney was closing in, but Axelrod wagered his whiskers as a personal vote of confidence while fellow University of Chicago alum Nate Silver also predicted the three states would go for Obama.
Though the president carried the states in question, Axelrod took to Twitter days after the election to announce he was putting his crumb-duster on the line once again:
My 'stache survived.But I'll still shave it on Morning Joe, if you'll help raise $1m to find a cure for epilepsy! Slashthestache.com.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 8, 2012
As Chicagoist noted, Axelrod’s daughter, Lauren, suffers from epilepsy. Scarborough, who said he would grow a mustache if Obama won Florida or North Carolina, kicked off the Slashthestache funding drive with a whopping $10,000 donation.
"Morning Joe" airs at 7 a.m. CST on MSNBC.
Correction: A previous version of this story indicated that Axelrod lost the bet. Axelrod won, but is still shaving his mustache, now as part of a pledge he made in support of the Slashthestache campaign.