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Fancy haircuts may cost Edwards more than $800

Men who are John Edwards’ age can remember paying $1 for a haircut. We predict that Mr. Edwards is going to regret paying $400.

Torrenueva Hair Designs in Beverly Hills, Calif., sent a stylist on house calls to provide two haircuts for the Democratic presidential candidate, according to campaign finance disclosures. The bill came to $800.

Mr. Edwards, a wealthy trial lawyer, will reimburse the money out of his personal funds, according to his campaign.

His thick, dark, well-shaped hair, along with his energy, make him seem younger than his 53 years. Maybe that’s what a candidate needs in this time when image influences votes.

But expensive male grooming irritates voters, especially when bought by Democrats who supposedly are populists and advocates for poor people. Remember ex-President Clinton’s $200 Cristophe haircut aboard Air Force One shortly after he took office?

If Mr. Edwards is smart, he’ll stop by some neighborhood barbershop and get a poor man’s haircut while talking politics with the boys. .

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