December 16, 2002
Let the Taunting Begin! Al's out.
Now it's time to make fun of John Kerry. And who better to do that than the great Mark Steyn?
In the Wall Street Journal, Steyn declares that the "Kerry candidacy is such an obvious disaster waiting to happen that it seems a shame to wait for it to happen." So, rather than waiting, Steyn explains why Kerry's $75 haircut is a metaphor for the Kerry presidential campaign:
. . . I can hear Sen. Kerry frothing like a vat of Alberto Balsam on Don King's head: "I don't want to raise taxes. I just want to repeal the tax cuts you were expecting to get but haven't yet. It's not the same!" To which I say: Whatever, dude. But personally I'd save the hair-splitting for Cristophe. By the time you've spent 20 minutes explaining why your tax hike isn't really a tax hike, the only two words anyone's going to remember are "tax" and "hike."
And this is where the hair comes in. A lot of solemn Democratic operatives have deplored the Beltway obsession with Mr. Kerry's $75 hair care. It's much nothing about a 'do, they say; just another of the media's Drudge-fueled descents into gossip and trivia. True, and that's good enough for me. But, if I have to come up with a highfalutin gloss to justify the story, I'd say it's this: The haircut catches the fancy because it seems to cut to the essence of the Kerry candidacy, whose problem as a whole is that it's overstyled. Platform-wise, every strand feels as if it's been exquisitely combed and parted to the finest calibration.
Read the entire essay. It's a beaut.
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