Susan Estrich — no right-wing bomb-thrower herself — points to John Edwards’ famous $400 haircut as symptomatic of the candidate’s deeper problem:
In high school, when you call someone a “pretty boy,” it’s not a compliment. Unfortunately for Edwards, the same is true in politics. The reason his haircut has stuck, where Bill Clinton’s fancy one didn’t, is because it captures the flip side of Edwards’ boyish good looks. The flip side is the pretty boy, which is not what a country focused on terrorism and looking for toughness wants in a candidate.