Maureen Dowd Resurrects Horse, Beats it to Death

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In a critical, world-shaking opinion piece today, Maureen Dowd explores one of  the most critical bits of news facing the world today: the hairstyling habits of John Edwards. The horse not beaten dead yet, she writes:

John Edwards has reminded us that even — or especially — in the age of appearances, you must not appear to care too much about appearances.

When you spend more on a couple of haircuts than Burundi’s per capita G.D.P. , it looks so vain it makes Paul Wolfowitz’s ablutions spitting on his comb look like rugged individualism.

Following his star turn primping his hair for two minutes on a YouTube video to the tune of “I Feel Pretty,” Mr. Edwards this week had to pay back the $800 charged to his campaign for two shearings at Torrenueva Hair Designs in Beverly Hills. He seems intent on proving that he is a Breck Girl — and a Material Boy.

How droll. Such an ironic wit, to connect Burundi, a nation with a life expectancy of just over 50 years, to the cost of a haircut. We get to laugh at John Edwards, dying children, and Maureen’s wit, all at once. Hooray for "satire."

I understand that there are times when it’s hard to come up with something to write about, but I suspect there’s never been a day when haircuts deserve the attention of one of America’s leading columnists, especially not days after the issue lost what tiny relevance it had.

I look forward to an equally droll column from Ms. Dowd, sometime in the next two years, wherein she condemns the superficiality of the American voter and his/her limited knowledge of the candidates.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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