Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Lets Not Make This About Hair, People

Michelle Malkin is spot on about John Edwards' hair video:

It's all icky creepy. But that's TV for ya. I don't hold it against John Edwards that he cares about how he looks when appearing in a visual medium. Every one of the politicians running for high office (with the possible exception of Ralph Nader) does. Big deal.

And before Bush supporters get carried away with the Edwards video, remember that this is a cheap Michael Moore-ish tactic. He used the same kind of clandestine footage of President Bush preparing for a televised speech--as well as similar outtakes of Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz getting ready for TV interviews --to mock the Administration in his crockumentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.

If you want to have a fair laugh at Edwards' expense, forget the hair video and just watch his debate performance again.
I'm no fan of TV and I have the kind of hair that could get me kicked out of your better homeless shelters. But even I know that this sort of preparation is necessary for a visual medium.

I really wish we could have had a better Democratic ticket so that this election would be decided on principle rather than image. And I wish we were the kind of country that decided things based on principle rather than image. But the lack of such an ideal world is no excuse for rushing to the lowest level. Leave that sort of tactic to the Democrats and lets focus on the weaknesses of the Kerry/Edwards platform.

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