Wednesday, April 18, 2007

On John Edwards' Haircuts

Yes, I am indeed writing on this! The Associated Press has published this article by Joan Lowy on the topic:

Looking pretty is costing John Edwards' presidential campaign a lot of pennies. The Democrat's campaign committee picked up the tab for two haircuts at $400 each by celebrity stylist Joseph Torrenueva of Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

FEC records show Edwards also availed himself of $250 in services from a trendy salon and spa in Dubuque, Iowa, and $225 in services from the Pink Sapphire in Manchester, N.H., which is described on its Web site as 'a unique boutique for the mind, body and face' that caters mostly to women.


Edwards, 53, who has made alleviating poverty the central theme of candidacy, has been criticized for building a 28,000-square-foot house for $5.3 million near Chapel Hill, N.C. The complex of several buildings on 102 acres includes an indoor basketball court, an indoor pool and a handball court.

Edwards, who was John Kerry's vice presidential runningmate in 2004, is also the subject of a YouTube spoof poking fun at his youthful good looks. The video shows the candidate combing his tresses to the dubbed-in tune of 'I Feel Pretty.'

In 1993, Cristophe gave former President Clinton a $200 haircut aboard Air Force One as it sat on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. Late-night comedians and columnists poked fun at the president for the expensive cut.

What wonderful smearing! Notice the term "looking pretty", not usually applied to men in this country. Notice the neat summary at the end of the piece, to make sure that you got the main points of the story: That John Edwards is effeminate and rich and spends more money than you and I ever would and that he preaches poverty alleviation while living in wealth. Got it?

Now go and vote for someone who is even wealthier than John Edwards but who doesn't care about the poor at all. Don't bother your pretty head by wondering what the other guys' haircuts might have cost or whether there is any difference between a wealthy candidate who cares for the poor and one who does not.

And under no circumstances inquire why one has to be very wealthy indeed to run for president in this country.