Thursday, July 5, 2007

Spin, Part 1 - John Edwards' haircut

This is a short one. John Edwards, famous for expensive haircuts, in 2004 paid $1200 for a cut on the campaign train, because his regular -- and costly -- barber had to fly to Atlanta.

Whatever. This isn't even about how insane it is that Edwards spends thousands on his John Ritter-esque 'do -- it's this part that made my skin crawl:

"Breaking news -- John Edwards got some expensive haircuts and probably didn't
pay enough attention to the bills," said spokeswoman Colleen Murray. "He didn't
lie about weapons of mass destruction or spring Scooter Libby; he just got some
expensive haircuts."

This is a perfect example of political spin -- rather than address the fact that Edwards is a fool when it comes to spending other people's money, the spokeswoman ignores the issue and throws in a Bush-bash -- and a false one to boot. Bush didn't lie about anything. He used the same information that other politicians -- both right and left -- used pre-Iraq war. And, to use Scooter Libby? Presidents all do people favors - I would, and I hope you would, too. It's called friendship ... or covering your butt. Either one is a good thing. Does the name Marc Rich ring a bell? The criminal that Bill Clinton pardoned, you know, the one whose wife was always posing with Clinton with her cleavage busting out all over poor Bill?

You should be angry that Edwards spends thousands of dollars from campaign contributions on haircuts -- after all, this one particular haircut is more than one month's rent for my family, but you should be more angry that his campaign doesn't even consider you smart enough to be angry about the truth, and that if you dislike Bush enough then Democrats can pretty much do whatever they want as long as they can compare it to Republican wrongs.

So you can take drugs without fear, because you can just tell the judge that at least you didn't take drugs then drive 100 mph like Al Gore's kid; or you can drive off the road into a lake and not feel bad, because at least you didn't leave a girl to die in the car, like a Kennedy.

Don't be fooled by spin -- recognize it, and punish the spinners. The lesson here is that John Edwards is a wealthy fool, a sleazy lawyer who has amassed a fortune taken from other people, who has no idea what it's like to be hard up for cash and who, as president, would take all our money and spend it on whatever he wants, no matter the cost.

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