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.