John Edwards’ $400 haircut

One of my hobbies lately that I usually keep off of my blog is talking with people about politics. Why? Because it usually is a good topic when you meet people who could care less about what Twitter is, or what Silverlight will do, or what the latest gadget is.

Anyway, here in Cancun I’ve been spending the afternoon sitting in the pool and meeting people. It’s amazing how many people have brought up John Edwards’ $400 haircut.

Consensus? That it demonstrates a lack of judgment and an unconcern for how this would play with voters. Neither are good messages to send and they sure aren’t playing well with people in the Cancun pool.

How would I handle this if I were running Edward’s campaign? Put video of the haircut (or his next one) up on YouTube and interview the stylist for why his/her prices are so high. I’m sure John doesn’t think this is important to do, would rather discuss issues of more importance like how we get out of the war, but this is hurting his campaign far more than anything else he’s done lately.

66 thoughts on “John Edwards’ $400 haircut

  1. What’s all the fuss? So Edwards spent $400 on a haircut! Our President is an idiot…that is the more important news.

  2. What’s all the fuss? So Edwards spent $400 on a haircut! Our President is an idiot…that is the more important news.

  3. Today, my wife and I tabulated our prescription medications cost for the first four months of 2007 and projecting these figures we must apply for FOOD STAMPS.
    Could Mr. Edwards help retired former corporate managers with pensions that don’t escalate 400% annually.We’ll take his haircut cost as our monthly income.

  4. Today, my wife and I tabulated our prescription medications cost for the first four months of 2007 and projecting these figures we must apply for FOOD STAMPS.
    Could Mr. Edwards help retired former corporate managers with pensions that don’t escalate 400% annually.We’ll take his haircut cost as our monthly income.

  5. I am afraid to say the the free and democratic world lost it when a working or middle class man could no longer afford to have his wife at home raising the kids and investors were no longer content with single digit returns. It seems to me from watching CNN that if a corporation is not seeing 30% growth per annum then it is a nobody.

  6. I am afraid to say the the free and democratic world lost it when a working or middle class man could no longer afford to have his wife at home raising the kids and investors were no longer content with single digit returns. It seems to me from watching CNN that if a corporation is not seeing 30% growth per annum then it is a nobody.

  7. To me a voter, this is an issue because I just bought a new set of tires for my car for $260 to replace the old tires that had metal coming through and the rubber is splitting. Elections are no longer about Republican versus Democrat, they are about Haves versus Have-Nots. When I look at all the candidates on both sides of the “fence” I see the same people claiming to speak for the “average” American, but then they can go to $1000 dinners and get $400 haircuts while my wife and I, working full-time, in good paying jobs, struggle to pay bills.

    This is an issue to me because it shows how he and other candidates think about money. Their money, the country’s money, my money. Just like my cup of Starbucks shows that I am indeed in a different place than someone in a poor country. The difference is, I am not trying to get elected to make decisions for that country about how their money should be spent.

  8. To me a voter, this is an issue because I just bought a new set of tires for my car for $260 to replace the old tires that had metal coming through and the rubber is splitting. Elections are no longer about Republican versus Democrat, they are about Haves versus Have-Nots. When I look at all the candidates on both sides of the “fence” I see the same people claiming to speak for the “average” American, but then they can go to $1000 dinners and get $400 haircuts while my wife and I, working full-time, in good paying jobs, struggle to pay bills.

    This is an issue to me because it shows how he and other candidates think about money. Their money, the country’s money, my money. Just like my cup of Starbucks shows that I am indeed in a different place than someone in a poor country. The difference is, I am not trying to get elected to make decisions for that country about how their money should be spent.

  9. 300 to 400 dollar plumber’s house calls, pimp my ****.

    It is time you Americans got to grips with gun control,
    electoral colleges, the distribution of wealth, earth’s survival and how you are perceived by the rest of the world.

  10. 300 to 400 dollar plumber’s house calls, pimp my ****.

    It is time you Americans got to grips with gun control,
    electoral colleges, the distribution of wealth, earth’s survival and how you are perceived by the rest of the world.

  11. Keith, it is an issue because he tried to pawn off the expenseon his campaign using donated money to pay for his personal grooming. That is what makes it a story just as it would be a story if if Rudy were getting manicures and charging it to his account or Hillary was buying makeup and charging it to her campaign, etc…

    The media would be derilict in their duty not to report it.

  12. Keith, it is an issue because he tried to pawn off the expenseon his campaign using donated money to pay for his personal grooming. That is what makes it a story just as it would be a story if if Rudy were getting manicures and charging it to his account or Hillary was buying makeup and charging it to her campaign, etc…

    The media would be derilict in their duty not to report it.

  13. As has been already mentioned in previous comments, the haircut “issue” was invented and fueled by the media. The Slate article sufficiently explains why the on-site visit costs so much.

    Here’s what bothers me more:

    3,368 dead and 26,188 wounded from a war in Iraq started by a president’s lies.

    With the war costing us more than 423 billion dollars, we could have provided more than 20 million students with four-year scholarships.

    The Bush/Cheney/Rove administration authorization of domestic spying that allowed the NSA to copy our email communications.

    The pathetic response to assisting the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. And the reality that many of the survivors are still living in post-disaster conditions.

  14. As has been already mentioned in previous comments, the haircut “issue” was invented and fueled by the media. The Slate article sufficiently explains why the on-site visit costs so much.

    Here’s what bothers me more:

    3,368 dead and 26,188 wounded from a war in Iraq started by a president’s lies.

    With the war costing us more than 423 billion dollars, we could have provided more than 20 million students with four-year scholarships.

    The Bush/Cheney/Rove administration authorization of domestic spying that allowed the NSA to copy our email communications.

    The pathetic response to assisting the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. And the reality that many of the survivors are still living in post-disaster conditions.

  15. @24 “I’d be quite pissed that campaign donations went to $400 haircuts that Edwards should’ve and easily could’ve paid for out of his own pocket! That’s why this became an issue. His campaign belatedly saw the error of this (only after the horrible PR), and paid back the campaign funds with Edwards’ own money.”

    Speaking of bad PR, isn’t this the same guy that complains about Wal-Mart’s business practices that had a clueless staffer call a local Wal-Mart to ask the manager to set aside a PS3 for the former Senator in order not to have to wait in line?

    Yep, Scoble, he does live in a different world than the rest of us.

  16. @24 “I’d be quite pissed that campaign donations went to $400 haircuts that Edwards should’ve and easily could’ve paid for out of his own pocket! That’s why this became an issue. His campaign belatedly saw the error of this (only after the horrible PR), and paid back the campaign funds with Edwards’ own money.”

    Speaking of bad PR, isn’t this the same guy that complains about Wal-Mart’s business practices that had a clueless staffer call a local Wal-Mart to ask the manager to set aside a PS3 for the former Senator in order not to have to wait in line?

    Yep, Scoble, he does live in a different world than the rest of us.

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