Having made fun of John Edwards’ vanity once I have to comment on his $400 haircuts. When in the 2004 campaign a Bush aid calls you the “Breck Girl of politics,” when you are the subject of a video posted on YouTube that shows you fussing with your hair for two minutes to the tune of “I Feel Pretty,” and when “two Americas,” the divide between rich and poor, has been your campaign theme, then paying $400 for a Beverly Hills haircut is, to be charitable, tone deaf and stupid. It reeks of Kerry-esque inauthenticity.
It is a mistake if democrats (e.g., this Huffington Post entry) belittle this story as another substance-less right-wing Fox-inspired character assassination. Democratic candidates need to offer something beyond “I’m not George Bush.” Running smart campaigns would be a good place to start.