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Monday, April 23, 2007
Trouble In Leftopia

This is pretty amusing. Apparently Maureen Dowd took a break from her routine of bashing Bush to give John Edwards a helping of criticism for his $400 pompadour. And the Lefty blogs are tearing into each other and her and him:

Ezra Klein:

What I don't understand is John Edwards. A presidential campaign demands so many sacrifices. It rips you from your family, forces a ceaseless travel schedule, demands constant kowtowing to parochial primary voters, demands endless humiliating fundraising calls, and imposes a thousand indignities and inconveniences, some major, some minor. So why, in all that he is giving up, did he not eschew the big house or the costly cut?

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo:

ezra klein's an idiot
about maureen dowd at least. and we say that with deep regret since we read him regularly and normally we find him thoughtful and informative. plus he writes well. but about l'affair du haircut, he's an idiot. and worse, he's a battered democrat, hoping the abusive press won't hit our candidates if they behave well.


I know several female on-air television personalities who spend considerably less than this on haircuts, though Japanese straightening treatments can take them into the over $500 range. I can’t imagine Edwards spent $400 for just a haircut. That seems excessive, even for a top salon, given how short his hair is, how basic his style is, and given that men’s cuts generally run less than women’s.

Obsidian Wings:

We are currently suffering through the last two years of a President who is manifestly unqualified for the job, and has no discernible interest in most of the issues that affect ordinary Americans. Thank heavens, then, that Maureen Dowd has decided to use her column not to score cheap points, but to focus our attention on an issue of immense national significance: John Edwards' haircut.

But of course if La Dowd had written a column on Bush's haircut, they would not be talking about how this was a distraction from issues that affect ordinary Americans.

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